Getting Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea to Start the New Year

Getting Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea to Start the New Year

No one wants to be diagnosed with sleep apnea, but leaving it untreated can cause further and more dangerous complications. Whether you worry you might have it or were just diagnosed, you may feel worried or confused. We want to help you out and as one of the best sleep medicine dentists in all of Huntersville, North Carolina, the Carolinas Dental Sleep Center will help you feel well again in no time.

 

How am I Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea?

Some people may be worried about their risk for developing sleep apnea, or may fear that they already have it. Since it generally runs in families, it may be beneficial to get checked if your parents have had it and you have presented with similar symptoms. The first step is getting a thorough medical background, but then we will perform a physical examination. This will help us see if there are obstructions in your airways. If/once deemed necessary, we will perform sleep studies so that we can see the problem for ourselves. The final diagnosis comes after a polysomnogram. A PSG will be able to monitor and record your heart, breathing, and brain activity. If you are in the clear, we will help you find other ways to improve your sleep. However, if you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can help you find the next step.

 

Treatment Options

We offer a variety of treatment options that allow you to ditch that bulky, noisy, annoying CPAP machine. These options can be much easier or comfortable to use and may provide you with longer lasting results. We will work to provide for you the best oral appliance therapy, such as mouthpieces/mouth-guards, that can help you achieve safe, healthy, restful sleep without machines or surgery. Custom oral appliances help to safely and comfortably shift your jaw forward to keep your airways from being constricted as you sleep. Traditional options like CPAP machines simply force the area open.

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are eager to find out more about other options available to you, call us here at the Carolinas Dental Sleep Center. We are experts in our fields and would be more than happy to fit you with the perfect treatment option.