Do You Need A Sleep Assessment?

smith sleep assessmentWhat happens if you often feel tired during the day, and can’t seem to rest properly? If so, then you may have a disorder standing between you and proper rest. In today’s blog, your Greenville, TX, dentist will explain how an assessment will help diagnose the presence of issues like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and help is offer the right treatment option.

Signs You May Need to See Us

Do you often feel tired during the day, experience dry mouth when you wake, and find yourself prone to headaches and moodiness? These could also be signs you’re not resting very well and are a bit sleep deprived. With OSA, you may not know you’re actually waking up several times in the night. Your sleep cycle is interrupted as soft tissues in your throat and the rear of your mouth become too relaxed and collapse. This cuts off airflow until the brain wakes you, though you may not remember it aside from a few episodes of waking suddenly gasping for breath.

The Assessment

With our assessment, we look at common indicators of the disorder you may be experiencing, so we can then move forward with either further diagnosis or treatment. We will ask about snoring frequency, as well as your weight and blood pressure. We will try to help you assess your level of tiredness each day, and how fast you find you lose energy throughout the day. We want to know how well you rest, talk about your overall mental health, and whether you’re fighting irritability and symptoms of depression. These and more help use gauge the severity of your sleep issues, and decide if you need treatment.

Further Diagnosis

If we find you need further diagnosis, we may send you home with a sleep test, a small device that records any episodes of waking, as well as blood pressure, breathing cessation, and more. The results provide a more detailed pictures of your nighttime habit’s. For some, we may still recommend a doctor prescribed sleep study in a lab setting.

Treatment Options

To treat the issue, we will take detailed impressions and images of your smile to create an oral appliance you wear as you sleep. The device helps reposition the jaw to allow you to breathe easier and avoid cessation of breathing. If you have any questions about the assessment process, or about our oral appliances, then contact our team today.

Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville Talks About Sleep Assessment

At Smith Family Dentistry, we’re ready to help identify the factors behind your exhaustion and offer relief. To learn more about enjoying a night of good, interrupted sleep, then talk to Dental Sleep Solutions of Greenville by contacting our office at 903-455-0516.