Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a sleep disorder that can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Yet, it’s presence isn’t always obvious to patients who suffer from its effects. Unlike a dental health examination, a study to test for sleep apnea requires more than just a visual inspection or a quiz about your symptoms. It often requires an overnight stay at a sleep laboratory, where experts can carefully monitor your sleep for signs of a disorder. However, many patients can simplify their assessment with a home sleep study provided by their dentists. The study allows you to measure important metrics that could indicate sleep apnea while sleeping comfortably in your own bed.
What a Sleep Study Measures
When you have obstructive sleep apnea, it means that your airway is repeatedly being blocked by mouth and throat tissues while you sleep. The tissues gradually clog your airway and cause increasingly loud snoring until they stop you from breathing and force your body to wake up enough to clear it. To test for sleep apnea, a home sleep study can measure things like your level of sleep, blood oxygen levels, and more to determine if you’re suffering from sleep apnea episodes throughout the night. After reviewing your results with you, your dentist can help you determine if you may benefit from sleep apnea treatment.
Take Home a Convenient Sleep Study
With a take-home sleep study, you can test for your likelihood of sleep apnea without having to stay overnight in a facility for an attended sleep assessment. To learn more, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.