We need our sleep! Without proper rest, we can be irritable, have trouble functioning at work or school, and watch our quality of life drop. However, millions of people in the United States have trouble sleeping due to a serious disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you think you could be at risk, we recommend undergoing a sleep assessment. How does the sleep assessment work?
What Risk Factors Should I Be Aware?
There are a few risk factors you should be aware of, as these make the onset of obstructive sleep apnea more likely, which could explain your sleeping difficulties. Patients with OSA often also have high blood pressure, are overweight, have large necks or deviated septums. Chronic soring and a family history of sleep disorders could also be risk factors for developing OSA.
When Should I Undergo an Assessment?
If you recognize any risk factors, but also experience other common symptoms, such as waking with dry mouth, suddenly waking up gasping for air/choking, feeling tired during the day, feeling moody, or having trouble concentrating at work, then you should consider a sleep assessment.
How Does the Assessment Work?
First, go to our Sleep Assessment page on our website. There, you will see a series of questions. Answer all ten of them honestly. If three or more reflect your experience, then you may need treatment for sleep apnea. You then give our team a call and schedule an appointment for a diagnosis. We can often treat the issue with a comfortable and minimally invasive oral appliance. Don’t let a lack of proper rest ruin your quality of life, give us a call and lets find a solution to your sleep apnea.
Do You Have Trouble Sleeping?
At James Stewart, DDS, a sleep assessment can be used to identify your risk factors and help decide whether you need treatment. Dr. Stewart and our compassionate staff serve patients of all ages from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.