If you snore loudly, wake up with a dry mouth, and often feel tired after a full night’s rest, you might suspect that a disorder called sleep apnea is to blame. However, you’ll need to complete a sleep study to know for sure.
Adler Advanced Dentistry has all the tools you need to monitor your sleep from the comfort of your own home. Learn more about the steps involved in diagnosing sleep apnea below.
Your Sleep Apnea Consultation and Evaluation
Our dentist Dr. Michael Adler will begin the process of testing for sleep apnea during your initial consultation. He will ask questions to evaluate symptoms such as daytime sleepiness as well as risk factors for the disorder like obesity, age, and family history.
If he suspects that you may have sleep apnea, Dr. Adler will recommend an at-home sleep monitoring test.
Completing an At-Home Sleep Study for Sleep Apnea
To complete the at-home sleep study, you will be given a wireless physiological recorder called the Medibyte Jr. to secure around your chest before you go to bed. It will automatically turn on at the pre-programmed time, so you don’t need to worry about setting it up. While you sleep, the device will measure your:
- Blood oxygen saturation
- Pulse rate
- Respiratory effort
- Snoring levels
- Body movement
- Body position
Getting Your Sleep Study Results
When you’re done with the study, you’ll need to drop the recorder off at our office. We will then transfer your data to a team of sleep specialists. These specialists will use the information from your at-home study to see if you have sleep apnea and determine the severity of your sleep disorder.
If you receive a sleep apnea diagnosis, our team will gladly walk you through the non-invasive treatment options that can improve your signs and symptoms. For some people, lifestyle changes are enough, especially when it comes to addressing milder cases.
Others may need to wear a custom-made oral appliance called the MicrO2 Sleep and Snore Device. It is a comfortable alternative to cumbersome CPAP machines.
Schedule a Consultation in Boulder Today
If you think that you may have sleep apnea, please call 303-449-1119 to schedule a consultation at Adler Advanced Dentistry. We have helped many patients diagnose and treat their sleep disorders. We proudly serve Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and nearby Colorado communities.