Not Sleeping Well? Consider Getting Test for Sleep Apnea
Do you ever feel like no matter how much you sleep at night, you end up feeling exhausted the next day?
Such a feeling could point to sleep apnea – a serious health condition – and you need to invest in an effective sleep apnea treatment.
How can you tell if you really have sleep apnea? What type of treatment options are available to you? And why is it so important to do something to control your sleep apnea?
Are You Really Getting a Good Night’s Sleep? How to Tell
Sleep apnea isn’t just an annoying condition in which you snore a lot. Rather, sleep apnea is a condition that can have multiple negative effects on your overall health. In fact, it has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even death.
It’s important to find out if you have this condition so you can quickly take steps to remedy it with an effective sleep apnea treatment.
How can you tell if your sleep issues stem from sleep apnea? The best way to find out is by going to your doctor and requesting a sleep study. However, you might be able to get some valuable information on your own in the interim. Try recording yourself while you sleep or ask your partner to listen to you.
If you or they notice any of the common symptoms of sleep apnea, it’s time to see your doctor.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Loud, frequent snoring
Pauses in breathing
Gasping for breath
Excessive daytime sleepiness (along with the feeling that you could fall asleep anywhere and at any time)
Decreased sex drive or impotence
Headaches in the morning
Acid reflux (indigestion, heartburn, chest pain)
Is There a Safe, Effective Sleep Apnea Treatment Option?
You think you might have sleep apnea. What now?
The first thing you should do is get a definitive diagnosis from your physician. If you don’t have a physician, don’t worry. The team at Meyer Dental Group is partnered with a at-home sleep test company to help facilitate the necessary sleep test to get you started on the path to diagnosis.
Once you’ve received a definitive diagnosis from our partnered and licensed sleep doctor, you’ll be scheduled to discuss a sleep apnea treatment plan that can complement or replace the CPAP option.
Many patients don’t like or have a hard time sleeping with a CPAP machine. Dr. Tom Meyer has safe, comfortable CPAP alternatives. The most common option is a type of nightguard that helps to pull the lower jaw forward so that the soft tissues of your mouth and throat don’t obstruct your airway (as can happen when your muscles relax during sleep).
Schedule a Sleep Apnea Consult If You’re Ready for Improved Sleep and Health
Sleep apnea can have a profound effect not just on how well you sleep but also on your health. If you’re ready to take steps to improve your sleep and your health, you need to schedule a sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Meyer.
At your consultation, you’ll find out whether you need to see a doctor/sleep specialist and if you’re at risk or have already developed sleep apnea. Once you’ve received a definitive diagnosis from your doctor, you’ll be scheduled to discuss your sleep apnea treatment options.
Dr. Meyer will find a form of treatment that is safe, comfortable, and effective. Before you know it, you’ll start to feel like your old, well-rested self again.
Are you ready for a better night’s sleep? Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss the possibility of sleep apnea. You can call us at 847-827-6290 or schedule an appointment online.