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How to Diagnose Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a progressive health issue that can also be life-threatening, if left completely untreated. Sleep apnea is a condition caused when your breathing is interrupted while you are sleep. This can occur because of an airway obstruction or a respiratory system communication failure, or both. We all deserve a peaceful rest at the end of our busy days. Our health and quality of life depends on receiving consistent quality sleep. Sadly, a lot of us are suffering from a lack of this. Sleep apnea is one of the leading causes.

We’ve discussed in the previous weeks, in detail, the three types of sleep apnea, the leading causes, the symptoms, and some startling statistics. So, if you are still tuned in, it is probably because something along the way has hit home and you are concerned that maybe you are suffering with this common aliment. What’s next? How do you get diagnosed?

Your path to a diagnosis begins with a visit to your general physician. He or she will inquire about yours and your family’s medical history, as this might provide key information regarding your health concern. A simple physical examination of your mouth, nose, and throat is also necessary. Children with sleep apnea might show enlarged tonsils. Adults might have an enlarged uvula (the tissue that hangs from the middles of the back of your mouth) or soft palate (the roof of your mouth near the back of your throat). The next step toward diagnosis will include a sleep study, followed by the interruption of the results by a certified sleep specialist.

You will likely need a polysommogram. This is a done at a sleep lab/center. This test records brain activity, eye movements, heart rate, blood pressure, and measures the amount of oxygen in your blood, amount of air movement through your nose while you breathe, and observes your chest movements. This data will be collected while you are asleep.

At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, a pre-screening is offered using a pulse oximeter. A pulse oximeter is a noninvasive method for monitoring your oxygen saturation. Dr. Steve is well-versed in the types, causes, symptoms, and signs related to sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is a concern of yours, it is advised that you bring it up at your next visit. Parker Dentistry is also in the planning phase and working out the logistics of being able to provide an easy method for conducting a sleep study yourself in the comfort of your own home in order to help with the diagnostic process.

Once diagnosed, we have the tools and expertise to help you choose and implement the best treatment option. Quality sleep is crucial to your overall health, wellness, happiness, and quality of life. Sleep apnea maybe the cause of your sleep-related issues. Don’t wait any longer. Remember, sleep apnea is progressive and the sooner you address it the better you will feel.

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