How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
Seeing a Sleep Specialist
In most cases, those with sleep apnea are first alerted about the issue by a sleeping partner, who may notice loud snoring, gasping, and interruptions in breathing at night. To get an official diagnosis, you usually must see a sleep specialist for a home sleep test. Then, once your condition has been confirmed, you can discuss your treatment options.
What Are My Treatment Options
For Sleep Apnea?
In some cases, minor cases of apnea can be resolved with lifestyle changes like losing weight, ceasing alcohol or sedative use, and living a healthier lifestyle. CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machines are also commonly recommended. These devices use a face mask to deliver a steady stream of gently pressurized air into the airway, preventing the sagging of oral tissue. Oral appliances from a dentist like Dr. Will Jones are also a good option. These devices look somewhat like a sports mouthguard, and are designed to shift the jaw into a better position during sleep, preventing the tissue in the throat and palate from constricting the airway.
Do You Suffer During the Day?
Get a Proper Night’s Sleep
At The Burkitt Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, we can help you or your partner diagnose and address any sleep problems that might be present. Getting treatment for Sleep Apnea will help you to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on your day. If you think you or a loved one may suffer from sleep apnea, call us at (615) 941-3368 or stop by our office at 6716 Nolensville Road, Suite 120, Brentwood, TN 37027 to get started!