Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
Learn About Sleep Apnea Symptoms in Brentwood TN
If you are a habitual snorer or are feeling consistently exhausted, you may suspect that you are suffering from a sleep disorder, and like 18 million other Americans, you may find that your sleep disorder is obstructive sleep apnea. If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, you should seek treatment immediately so that you can begin regaining your energy and improving your health.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Sleep apnea symptoms that the sufferer may notice include:
- Waking up with a headache
- Waking up still feeling very tired
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Waking up with a sore throat
- Feeling sleepy throughout the day
- Falling asleep throughout the day
- Problems with memory
- Feeling slow to learn new things
- Inability to concentrate
- Mood swings
Sleep apnea symptoms that a roommate or spouse may notice:
- Habitual snoring
- Loud snoring
- Nightly pauses in breathing or snoring
- Nightly gasping and choking (often following the pauses)
- Waking up repeatedly throughout the night
If these sleep apnea symptoms are plaguing your life, visit your Nashville dentist in Brentwood TN so that he can properly diagnose your sleep problems.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
When you visit your dentist to discuss sleep problems, he will likely ask you about your medical and family history. Sleep apnea can be genetic, and if anyone in your family has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you are more likely to have it. If you have issues with high blood pressure, you may also be more likely to suffer from sleep apnea. Your dentist may ask you to keep a sleep diary so you can properly answer questions about your sleep and how you feel throughout the day.
During your diagnosis, you will also be given a physical exam. The doctor will examine your nose, mouth, and throat to see if any of the tissues are enlarged to the point that they could block your airway.
Dr. Poss also offers sleep studies to aid in his sleep disorder diagnostics at his Brentwood TN practice near Franklin TN. In an in-office study, or polysomnogram (PSG), you will have sensors attached to you to track the oxygen in your blood, as well as your brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure, and snoring. This sleep study is an effective way of diagnosing sleep problems and provides valuable data that we can use to create a personalized plan and begin the correct treatment that will get you back your alertness and energy throughout the day.
Schedule an appointment with Practical Sleep Solutions in Brentwood TN to find out if treatment for sleep apnea could change your life for the better if you are in the Nashville – Frankling TN area.