HELP WITH SLEEP APNEA DISORDER & SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT

If you don’t have trouble sleeping, I bet you know or have worked with someone who has sleep problems - whether they have trouble falling asleep, snore, don't like their CPAP machine, or wake up in the middle of the night out of breath.

These could be symptoms or complications of Sleep Apnea or another Sleep Disorder.

So what can you do? And how can we help? First thing to do is fill out a Epworth Sleep Apnea Screening Test (click here). The Epworth Sleep Apnea test was introduced by Dr. Murray Johns in 1991, and has been validated and in use in obstructive sleep apnea treatment ever since. It is a simple and accurate way to screen yourself for sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects over 18 Million Americans every night




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Frequently asked questions

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night's sleep, you might have sleep apnea. The main types of sleep apnea are: 

  • Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax
  • Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, which occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea

If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of health problems, including:
- High blood pressure
- Stroke
- Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
- Diabetes
- Depression
- Worsening of ADHD
- Headaches

Oral devices (also called oral appliances) are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). They push the tongue and jaw forward, which makes the airway larger and improves airflow. This also reduces the chance that tissue will collapse and narrow the airway when you breathe in. Examples include a mandibular repositioning device (MRD) or a tongue-retaining device. Our doctors will perform a digital scan of your teeth to produce a highly accurate fitting device.


Question: How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations
(versus just feeling tired)?

  • 1. While sitting and reading...
  • 2. Watching television...
  • 3. Sitting, inactive in a public place...
  • 4. As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break..
  • 5. Lying down to rest in the afternoon..
  • 6. Sitting and talking with someone...
  • 7. Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol...
  • 8. In a car, while stopped at a light...
Your score is Less than 10 which is considered normal
Your score is 10 or higher you probably have a sleep disorder (apnea)
Your score is 15 or higher - you have excessive daytime sleepiness and should speak to us about your sleepiness as soon as possible

What next

If you score a 10 or higher on the Epworth Sleep Apnea Scale, you should schedule an appointment, to discuss having a Home Sleep Test  performed. The Resmed ApneaLink Air is a super easy device for you to take home for a period of 2 nights to measure the quality of your sleep. Your health insurance plan will most likely cover the cost. If you don’t have health insurance, there are many sleep clinics and centers that offer low-cost sleep tests. 

Once you have completed the Home Sleep Test, and one of our sleep physicians has confirmed that you have sleep apnea, we can discuss your treatment options.

Treatment Options

The most common treatment, the industry gold standard if you will, is a CPAP machine. A CPAP is a positive-pressure mask that you wear over your mouth and nose while you sleep. While very effective at treating severe sleep apnea, most patients find it a bit invasive and uncomfortable.

For those patients who are looking for an alternative to CPAP, we offer sleep apnea oral appliances, sometimes called MADs (Mandibular Advancing Device) or MRD (Mandibular Repositioning Device).

Treat Sleep Apnea & Snoring Without a CPAP Machine

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