Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that can have long-ranging complications, including fatigue, poor work performance, mood swings, and even heart attack or stroke.
Diagnosing sleep apnea is typically done by a sleep specialist. It may require you to spend a night at a sleep study center, or you may need to take home special equipment to help the specialist see how you are sleeping.
If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, you can contact your general medical provider or our office for a referral to a sleep specialist for an appropriate diagnosis.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Once you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, return to our office for an assessment. We can determine whether you are a good candidate for a sleep apnea night guard, a treatment option that does not require you to sleep with a bulky mask hooked up to a noisy machine. While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is effective, as many as 50% of patients simply cannot tolerate it. A night guard is discreet, comfortable, and easy to travel with – an important feature if you need to sleep on a plane or enjoy camping!