Posted On 7/27/2021 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
If you suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, you might be wondering if sleep apnea is to blame and whether or not you should get tested for this condition. While being tired on a daily basis can simply be related to insufficient or inadequate sleep at night, from a health and safety standpoint, it’s almost always worth speaking with a doctor who can help explore whether or not sleep apnea is the cause of your fatigue.
While your doctor typically diagnoses sleep apnea after a sleep study is performed at a lab, home tests are now available for those who want to find out if it is the cause of their daytime exhaustion in the comfort of their own home. Self-diagnosing sleep apnea with an at-home test isn’t suitable for everyone. However, it is increasingly considered a convenient and cost-effective alternative to in-lab sleep studies.
An at-home sleep apnea test is an easy way to discover whether you’re having trouble breathing at night. The test utilizes a breathing monitor that tracks your breaths, oxygen levels, and breathing effort while you sleep. While DIY tests don’t fully capture what’s monitored in a lab during overnight sleep studies, they’re often effective in determining whether you have the condition.
Home tests for sleep apnea aren’t for everyone. Those with pre-existing conditions such as heart failure, lung disease, hypoventilation, and other sleep disorders, are not typically the best candidates for at-home testing.
Whole night and split night, in-lab sleep studies are non-invasive procedures that monitor your breathing, brain activity, and other vital signs while you sleep. The in-lab test monitors more than just your breathing. It also records data on:
In-lab sleep tests are almost always recommended for people suspected of having obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Whether you decide to test yourself or get your testing performed at a lab, there are excellent non-surgical solutions available to you that your dentist can prescribe for sleep apnea. Kanehl Dental Group provides proven treatment for the three major types of sleep apnea, including:
Dental appliances such as oral bite splints are often an excellent sleep apnea treatment for many of our patients. They tend to be more comfortable than other solutions like CPAP machines, which have side effects for many people, including dry mouth, skin irritation, and bloating. On the other hand, a device called a bite splint is personally fitted by your dentist, and most patients report few if any side effects from using one. This non-invasive device helps open your body’s airway, so you breathe more easily while you sleep.
If you suspect you might have sleep apnea contact Kanehl Dental Group today to book a consultation. We can help you get the good night’s sleep you need and deserve!
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