Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your quality of sleep. When you have sleep apnea, you stop breathing for several seconds while you sleep. These pauses in your sleep cause you to wake up. This occurs multiple times during the course of the night, leaving you feeling exhausted when you wake up the next morning.
Not only do you feel incredibly tired, but it also becomes difficult to perform daily tasks, and you may have trouble controlling your emotions. Sleep apnea can also have significant effects on your health, leading to heart disease, diabetes, and more. To treat sleep apnea, the condition needs to be diagnosed. David R. Moyer Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is here to help.
How Can Sleep Apnea be Diagnosed?Sleep apnea is diagnosed using a sleep study, called a polysomnogram. During this test, which is done in a sleep lab, you are hooked up to machines that record specific activities while you sleep. The machines monitor your heart, lungs, and brain activities as well as breathing patterns, blood oxygen levels, and your arm and leg movements. In the morning, the results are read by a sleep specialist, who can diagnose you with sleep apnea, or other sleep-related disorder, and prescribe you with treatment.
Can I Diagnose Sleep Apnea at Home?It is possible to diagnose sleep apnea at home. An evaluation is done based on your signs and symptoms, which you can provide with the assistance of your partner. It is also possible to perform a sleep test at home. This type of testing is generally more simplified than a polysomnogram performed in a sleep clinic and measures information such as your breathing, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and airflow. Testing at home does not always detect every case of sleep apnea, so depending upon your symptoms, you may still be recommended for a sleep study at a clinic.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?The type of treatment for sleep apnea you receive depends on the severity of your situation and what type of sleep apnea you are diagnosed with. Common treatments for sleep apnea include:
||C-PAP: C-PAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure machine, and it is a machine that delivers a continuous flow of air through your nose while you sleep.
||Oral Appliances: An oral appliance is a type of mouth guard that is worn over your teeth while you sleep. The device helps to hold your jaw in correct alignment, preventing your jaw, and your oral tissues, from sliding backward.
||Oral Surgery: In some cases, oral surgery may be necessary. There are different types of surgeries that may be performed including tissue removal, jaw repositioning, and nerve stimulation.
Can I Treat Sleep Apnea with a Home Remedy?In some cases, it may be possible to treat sleep apnea at home. For some, losing weight can be all that they need to get rid of sleep apnea. Exercise, such as yoga, can help to improve blood oxygen levels through its various types of breathing exercises. If sleep apnea is caused by congestion, you can add a humidifier to your bedroom. For some, quitting smoking or alcohol consumption can eliminate sleep apnea.
Can I Alleviate the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Until It’s Treated?There are a few things that you can do to help alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea until it's treated. Changing your lifestyle habits, such as adding exercising and quitting smoking and drinking, can help. Change the position you sleep in to avoid tissue from blocking your airway.
If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating sleep apnea, we can help. Call David R. Moyer Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at 480.935.6295 to schedule your consultation today.