If you’re consistently waking up tired, despite seemingly getting enough rest, you might suffer from a sleep disorder. Whether you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), snore chronically, or have another condition, there are ways to determine the root of your poor sleep. When you’re groggy and exhausted, other health problems can develop quickly, so do not wait to seek treatment. In today’s blog, your Greenville, TX, dentist talks about the importance of a sleep assessment and the ways it can help diagnose disorders.
Signs An Assessment Are Right For You
We all know the importance of getting between seven and nine hours of sleep. Of course, our hectic lives make this difficult, but it is still something you should strive towards. If you are spending this much time in bed yet are still waking up drained, you might suffer from a sleep disorder. When you do not get enough rest — or it is persistently interrupted — your cognitive function declines. You will have slower reaction times, will be more irritable, and stress will likely follow. Moreover, you will become more susceptible to illnesses. If you are noticing any of these symptoms, despite sleeping for roughly eight hours each night, a sleep quality assessment could be right for you.
What Does It Consist Of?
This assessment ultimately determines if you suffer from sleep apnea. During the test, your doctor will look at your lifestyle and health to help gain insight into the cause of your exhaustion. Some of the things they look at include your weight and blood pressure, how quickly your energy is drained throughout the day, the frequency of your snoring, how tired you are each day, your breathing quality while sleeping, and even more areas as well. After the test, your doctor should be able to determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea. If you do, they will recommend a customized plan of action to alleviate the symptoms of this disorder.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
The most comfortable way to treat OSA is with a custom-designed mouthguard. Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth, and they will create an appliance that you wear while you are in bed. It supports your lower jaw to help keep your airways open when you slumber. The mouthguard is as effective and much less unwieldy than the CPAP machine with which you are likely familiar.
Contact Us To Learn More About A Sleep Assessment
If you suffer from chronic snoring or are always drained throughout the day, you could very well suffer from OSA. To find relief, please schedule an appointment with Dental Sleep Solutions of Greenville by contacting our office at 903-455-0516. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you get the good night’s rest that you deserve.