If you have trouble sleeping and often feel exhausted during the day, even if you feel like you slept the night before, then you may need sleep apnea treatment. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could lead to major complications for your overall health. Fortunately, we can offer a diagnosis with accuracy and precision from the comfort of your own home.
Signs of Trouble
When should you be concerned about sleep apnea? People with the disorder actually stop breathing for brief periods at night, as the soft tissues in the throat and mouth become too relaxed and actually collapse during sleep. The person stops breathing for a brief moment until the brain wakes. They may not remember waking up at all, even though this happens hundreds of times each night for some people. Warning signs include daytime exhaustion, moodiness, dry mouth, headaches, snoring, and waking up gasping for air or choking. You may also notice problems staying focused at work or school or remaining awake behind the wheel.
The Home Sleep Test
If you begin to experience the warning signs we’ve discussed above, then let us know. We will have you fill out a questionnaire from our website to assess your sleep routine. Next, we will send a small device home with you. The machine will sit at your bedside and register any apneic episodes, breathing exertion, or other issues. When we look at these results, we can tell if you need treatment. No need for an uncomfortable lab setting, and we can obtain more accurate and precise results.
If we find you have OSA and need help, what next? We won’t rely on a cumbersome and uncomfortable CPAP machine. Instead, we will take detailed impression and measurements of your teeth, gums, and jaw to create an oral appliance. The finished product will look and fit much like a mouthguard. Worn as you sleep, the device helps you breathe without interruption by repositioning the jaw to prevent the collapse of soft tissues. You wear the device each night and will start to notice a drop in symptoms, feeling more rested and alert. Remember, lack of treatment for OSA could mean an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and depression. If you have any questions about treating this disorder, or about our home sleep test, then contact our team today. We would love to help you enjoy a better night’s rest.
Ready for a Diagnosis?
We can offer a convenient diagnosis that doesn’t rely on lab settings and multiple tests. In addition, our treatment options will offer solutions with comfort and ease. To learn more about our preventive treatment options, then call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.