The Signs You Need A Sleep Assessment

greenville sleep assessmentWhen you suffer from chronic snoring and often feel tired during the day, then you may need to undergo sleep apnea treatment. To look at your risk factors, we can conduct a detailed sleep assessment. In today’s blog, your Greenville, TX, dentist talks about the signs you may need a sleep assessment.

The Factors Behind Sleep Apnea

How does a person develop sleep apnea? The disorder could be due to various factors. For example, obesity, a large neck circumference, or issues with sinus infections and allergies could be a factor. Likewise, a deviated septum or complications with the growth of certain oral structures could increase the risk of sleep apnea episodes, as could excessive alcohol consumption or resting on your back. With sleep apnea, as you rest the soft tissues in your throat and the rear of your mouth collapse and stop airflow. You cease breathing briefly until the brain wakes you. Even though you may not remember waking up, interrupting your REM sleep multiple times a night, leading to symptoms that impact your daily life.

Warning Signs of Trouble

You may suffer from chronic snoring, as your airflow is limited by collapsed soft tissues, and you could wake in the night gasping for air or choking as the brain wakes you. When you wake up, you could experience dry mouth and headaches, and during the day you could be exhausted, irritable, and have trouble concentrating on tasks or with your memory. When these potential warning signs occur, please let us know right away. We will conduct a sleep assessment as part of the diagnostic process, so we can choose the right option to help you sleep easily and feel more rested and alert during waking hours.

The Sleep Assessment and Diagnosis

As part of your assessment, we will talk about snoring and tiredness levels during the day. We want to discuss how fast you lose energy, and look at your weight and blood pressure. Other factors in your sleeping quality during the night, overall mental health, and warning signs of issues like depression symptoms or moodiness. These are just a few of the factors we look for. We then conduct an at-home sleep test and for many, will create an oral appliance that is worn at night and gently repositions your jaw and tongue to prevent the collapse of soft tissues, so you breathe without interruption throughout the night. If you have any questions, please reach out today!

Enjoy Better Sleep From Your Greenville, TX, Dentist!

Our team wants to help you rest with ease without the need for a CPAP machine. To learn more about our solutions for sleep disorders. To learn more about our treatment options, then give us a call at Dental Sleep Solutions of Greenville & McKinney at (903)455-0516!