Sleep apnea is not just a bother, it’s a serious condition. Sleep apnea can cause severe, even life-threatening, consequences. That’s why it’s so important that we diagnose the disorder as soon as possible. To learn how sleep apnea is diagnosed, and more about the issue, keep reading.
The diagnosis of this serious sleep disorder will generally start with some signs and symptoms that you and/or your partner may notice. One of the telltale signs of sleep apnea is loud snoring. You may also gasp for breath in the middle of the night. Other prominent symptoms include sore throat, fatigue, headaches, and mood swings.
If you and/or your dentist think you might have sleep apnea, the diagnosis will involve an evaluation of your symptoms. Your dentist may refer you to a sleep center, where you’ll participate in an overnight evaluation. A nocturnal polysomnography test will be performed. This test is used to read your vital signs and other indicators while you sleep. A simplified version may be available for you to perform an at-home sleep test. In either instance, your doctor or dentist will examine the results and use them to develop a treatment plan that suits your needs.
If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, we’ll work with you to create a custom-made sleep appliance to treat your disorder. Such an appliance will reposition your jaw, leaving you with an unobstructed airway and a restful night’s sleep!
If you or a loved one may have this issue, don’t sleep on it. It’s so important that you seek treatment and avoid the serious consequences of this disorder. To discuss your symptoms, give our team a call.