Are you one of the 1 million Australians living with sleep apnoea? Do you find that you’re suffering from some of these conditions on a nightly basis?
- Loud and persistent snoring
- Interrupted breathing at night
- Falling asleep during the day
- Headaches in the morning
If so, then perhaps it’s time you thought about getting a proper medical diagnosis. Like many disorders, sleep apnoea have mild to severe effects, depending on the range of the patient’s symptoms. Of course, before you can find the right treatment, you should begin by finding out what degree of sleep apnoea you currently have.
If you think you have sleep apnoea, then we at Dental Care Glebe recommend looking into the following steps for diagnosis and treatment.
Consult a Physician
Whether you have sleep apnoea—or any medical issue, for that matter—your first step should always be to see your primary care physician. Your physician should be able to perform a complete examination of your body’s airways, looking for any blockage that could be the cause of your sleeping troubles. Of course, to make a complete evaluation of your condition, you’ll be referred to a sleeping disorder specialist, who’ll recommend a sleep study.
Conduct a Sleep Study
Whether carried out inside a lab or in the privacy of your own home, a sleep study is fairly simple. Using an electroencelphalogram (EEG) device, a physician will measure your brain waves while you sleep through a normal cycle. They might also test your heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs while you sleep, so that they can get a complete picture of your body’s condition and what the cause of your sleep apnoea might be.
According to the American Sleep Apnoea Association (ASAA), the study results will be tested against the Apnoea-Hyponoea Index (AHI), so that the physician will be able to tell you how mild or severe your condition really is and recommend the next stage of treatment.
Create a Treatment Plan
As soon as you’ve completed an approved sleep study, your doctor will want to discuss your options for treatment. At this stage, it’s important that you keep an open mind about your condition, how strong it may be and which treatment will be the most affordable and well suited for your type of apnoea.
The real challenge that you’ll face with sleep apnoea is how to manage it on your own terms.
Do you still have questions or concerns about getting a diagnosis? Contact Us today.
 “Diagnosis,” American Sleep Apnoea Association. Accessed 28 February, 2015. http://www.sleepapnea.org/treat/diagnosis.html