DO I HAVE SLEEP APNEA?
One of the main functions of Good Night Dentistry is to thoroughly screen undiagnosed patients with snoring issues and/or sleep apnea and provide sleep apnea solutions. So, you are in the right place! Please note that the only way you will know if you have sleep apnea is by undergoing a sleep test, (at home or in a lab), which is read by a board-certified sleep physician. We can help get you to the right people in the Mooresville area.
But how do you know if you should be checked?
COMMON SLEEP APNEA SYMPTOMS
Let’s start with three key warning signs:
- Do you snore loudly, (like hear it in the next room loud), and have you been observed to stop breathing while you sleep?
- Do you suffer from daytime sleepiness or chronic fatigue, even after a night’s sleep?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
Other warning signs:
- Waking up suddenly and feel like you’re gasping or choking
- Morning headache that goes away in about two hours
- Frequent trips to the bathroom during the night
- Irritability, depression or anxiety
- Erectile dysfunction and low sex drive
- Difficulty concentrating and retaining information
- Heartburn or acid reflux
- Excessive sweating during sleep
- Dry mouth in the morning
If you see yourself as having some or all of these symptoms, call our office or at least have a conversation with your physician or dentist and find out what sleep apnea treatment is right for you.
FILL OUT THE SLEEP APNEA QUESTIONAIRE
Another way to see if there is need for medical intervention is by completing subjective screening questionnaires. You will see these at our office, but you may also see these at your dentist’s office.
A common example of these is the STOP-BANG questionnaire. (These are all answered yes/no).
Snoring? Do you snore loudly?
Tired? Do you often feel tired, fatigued or sleepy during the daytime, (such as falling asleep during driving or talking to someone)?
Observed? Has anyone observed you stop breathing or choking/gasping during your sleep?
Pressure? Do you have or are being treated for high blood pressure?
Body Mass Index more than 30?
Age over 50?
Neck Size Large? (Measured around the Adams Apple for males)
Males collar size 17 inches or larger
Females collar size 16 inches or larger