When patients in Spring and Pearland, TX, suffer from a sleep disorder, this impacts multiple facets of their life, including mood and ability to focus on tasks at work. In order to offer the most appropriate treatment, we need to understand the cause and severity of your sleep disorder. Let’s look at how we identify sleep apnea and other disorders.
Try Our Sleep Questionnaire
If you visit our website, you’ll find a Sleep Questionnaire, which we use to gauge your sleep habits. The questionnaire includes a series of questions about when and where you rest, and whether you experience common warning signs of sleep apnea. We also include the Epworth Sleep Scale, which assesses your resting habits on a scale of one to three. When we look at the results, we have a better idea of whether you could benefit from further diagnosis. If so, then we may suggest the home sleep test.
The Home Sleep Test
The test is a small device you take home with you. As you rest in your own bed, the device actually takes note of your sleep habits, including your blood oxygen levels, exertion when you breathe, and apneic episodes in which you stop breathing altogether for brief periods. We then look at the detailed results to make an accurate and precise diagnosis. From there, we may recommend a personalized sleep solution. Our oral appliances help stop sleep apnea by ensuring open airways as you rest, preventing obstruction of breathing and allowing you to rest without interruption. You simply wear the custom-made device as you rest, like a nightguard.
Other Warning Signs
You know how we diagnose the problem, but when you should you start talking to us? Warning signs of sleep apnea vary, but often includes persistent snoring, waking up gasping for breath or struggling to breathe, headaches, dry mouth when waking, and moodiness. Patients may also stop breathing for brief periods and will feel exhausted during the day, even if they think they slept through the night. Trouble concentrating on tasks at work or school also occur. Over time, sufferers could potentially develop high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack, and depression if they don’t undergo treatment. If you have any questions about identifying and treating sleep apnea, then contact our team today. We don’t want poor rest to have a negative impact on your quality of life, we want to help!
Do You Need a Home Sleep Test?
Using advanced technology, we can offer a comfortable and accurate diagnosis. From there, our team will choose the right treatment option for you. To learn more about addressing sleep apnea, then please call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.