Common Sleep Apnea Questions
Explore some of the most common questions Dr. Mensah gets about sleep apnea, treatment, and diagnosis.
At Integrative Family Dental, we invite our patients to ask us a lot of questions about sleep apnea. It can be a confusing condition and can have a lot of different factors contributing to its onset, so our patients are often left wondering more about it.
Medical professionals can diagnose sleep apnea in a couple different ways.
Dr. Ralph K. Mensah offers a home sleep test to his Mebane, NC patients. This option doesn’t require you to visit a sleep center and can be completed from the comfort of your own home. You will set up the testing equipment in your own bedroom, hook it up, and then bring the results back to our office. From there, Dr. Mensah will determine if oral appliance therapy is right for you.
For more complex cases, doctors will recommend a professional sleep study. An in-lab study requires you to stay overnight in a sleep clinic bed, not unlike a hotel bed. You will have sensors and monitors attached to you to monitor your brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and position changes throughout the night. This option is more expensive and not always convenient, but it will give your sleep apnea professional a clearer picture of your condition. Dr. Mensah can refer you to a sleep clinic.
If you leave sleep apnea untreated, the side effects can take a massive toll on your life. The side effects can include:
Not necessarily. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but a lot of them do have apneic events during sleep. People with sleep apnea tend to snore more loudly and regularly. Sleep apnea sufferers also tend to gasp for air, choke, or wheeze throughout the night.
No, it can’t, but sometimes lifestyle changes can make your symptoms disappear. If you have sleep apnea due to being overweight, a healthy diet and exercise regimen can help you shed excess weight. Additionally, refraining from drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes can lessen your symptoms.
If you have questions that we didn’t answer here, let us know. We’re more than happy to answer and address any questions that you have about sleep apnea, and then discuss treatment options. Call us today!