Do you often snore or feel tired during the day? If so, then you could be suffering from the effects of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In today’s blog, we look at how we can provide a precise and accurate diagnosis with a home sleep study. Your Olathe, KS, dentists are ready to make sure you obtain the uninterrupted sleep you need to feel alert and energized!
The Warning Signs of OSA
People with the disorder often stop breathing multiple times in the night. This complication occurs as the soft tissues in the throat and in the back of the mouth become too relaxed, collapsing and cutting off airflow. The brain wakes the person, interrupting the sleep cycle, and often doing so several times each night. As a result, people may think they slept well, but could feel exhausted during the day. Symptoms include chronic snoring, waking up gasping for air or choking in the night, drowsiness, trouble waking up, headaches, dry mouth, and moodiness. If you encounter one or more of these warning signs, then let us know right away!
The Home Sleep Study
We will start by asking a few questions about your sleep, assessing the risk of OSA or other related disorders. Next, we will send you home with a small device that is connected to you as you sleep in your own bed. No need to attempt to rest in an uncomfortable lab setting! The device will register interruptions to your rest, blood oxygen levels, and more. When we look at the results, we will be able to decide if you need treatment. For most people, treatment will involve using a small oral appliance as you rest. The appliance will fit like a mouthguard, and helps reposition the jaw to ensure open airways the entire night, so you avoid further symptoms and health complications.
The Importance of Treatment
What happens if you find yourself unable to sleep well? Without care, this could mean moodiness and a higher risk of depression, as well as trouble staying focused and alert at work or school. You could have a strained immune system, so illness becomes more frequent. For others, the cardiovascular system could become strained, which means a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating OSA, then contact our team today.
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Good sleep is vital to good quality of life, which is why we offer treatment for OSA. For more information on ensuring a better night’s rest, or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.