We strive to help patients in Pearland, TX, enjoy a good night’s rest, as proper sleep is essential for maintaining optimal health and enjoying good quality of life. However, poor sleep due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could lead to serious complications. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about how we identify and treat OSA.
What’s in Our Questionnaire?
If you visit our website, you will find a short one-page questionnaire about your resting habits. The first two portions ask simple yes or no questions, first about your familiarity with sleep apnea and common treatment options, as well as your nighttime habits. For example, do you frequently wake up gasping for air, do you snore, do you often feel tired despite sleeping through the night? Next, we assess your ability to rest with the Epworth Sleep Scale, which asks about your likelihood to fall asleep on a scale of one to three in common scenarios. When we look at the results, we can find out if you need further diagnosis. If so, we may suggest an at-home sleep test, a machine that measures how well you rest and offers very detailed and precise measurements for our team to assess.
The Cause of OSA
We may develop the disorder for a number of reasons, such as obesity, irregular sleep schedules, neck circumference, deviated septum or sinus and allergy issues. The disorder soon causes the soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in your throat to become too relaxed as you rest. They collapse and block airflow, causing you to stop breathing for short periods until the brain wakes you. These episodes prevent you from reaching the deep, interrupted stage of sleep needed to feel rested and alert during the day. Common symptoms may include waking up struggling to breathe, snoring, headaches, daytime drowsiness, dry mouth, and moodiness.
The Benefits of Treating Your Smile
First, we offer treatment with a comfortable oral appliance, which helps prevent the obstruction of air passages during the night. You will feel more alert, experience a drop in moodiness and issues with concentration, and may become sick less as your immune system recovers from the stress of poor rest. Treatment also helps your cardiovascular system. Lack of treatment could mean this system is strained, leading to a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack later in life. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.
Have You Tried Our Questionnaire?
If you feel like you need help treating your sleep issues, then please let us know. For more information on our custom treatment options, please call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.