How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?
To find out if you have sleep apnea, you will need to take a sleep test to receive an official diagnosis. The sleep test will monitor your heart rate, oxygen levels, and more while you sleep, and then a physician will review your results. The test will show whether or not you stop breathing during the night and how many of these episodes occur. Based on your results, you will receive your diagnosis. From there, you will receive a prescription to get sleep apnea treatment such as CPAP or oral appliance therapy.
If you’re not sure whether or not you should take a sleep test, we recommend looking at the symptoms of sleep apnea. If one or more apply to you, we encourage you to visit our dental office for a consultation. From there, we can refer you to a home sleep testing service to conduct your sleep test at home.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Daytime sleepiness
- Coughing, choking, or gasping for air during sleep
- Frequent nighttime urination
- Night sweats
- Morning headaches
- Memory problems
- Low mood
- Lack of motivation
- Restless sleep
- Clenching or grinding teeth