More than 22 million Americans have sleep apnea, according to the. Are you one of them?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes someone to stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible.
Feel free to print out this quiz and take it to your next appointment with us so you can discuss your symptoms.
Depending on your circumstances, we may recommend a sleep apnea device.
Would People Describe Your Snoring as Loud? | Circle One: YES or NO
Vibration creates sound. When air isn’t able to pass through your nose and throat with ease, the surrounding tissues vibrate. This creates the sound we associate with snoring.
Almost everyone snores on occasion. But you may want to rule out sleep apnea if it’s a chronic problem and you have other symptoms.
Has anyone observed you stop breathing during sleep? | Circle One: YES or NO
After a sleep apnea episode, you may choke, snort, or gasp loudly upon waking. If your partner has observed this behavior, call our dental practice today.
Do you have daytime sleepiness? | Circle One: YES or NO
Do you sleep about 8 hours a night and still feel tired? The problem may be that you’re not getting the deep sleep you need to feel rested.
People with sleep apnea wake up several times a night, though they may not remember doing so in the morning.
When you stop breathing, your brain wakes you up to jumpstart your respiratory system. If you have chronic daytime sleepiness, consult with your doctor or our dentist.
Are you carrying extra weight? | Circle One: YES or NO
People who are carrying extra weight are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea. This is because the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses during sleep. This blocks your upper airway.
Losing weight can help relieve your symptoms. But we recommend asking our dentist about getting an appliance in the meantime.
Is your neck circumference more than 16 inches (for women) or more than 17 inches (for men)? | Circle One: YES or NO
A thicker neck could mean that your airway is narrower than the average person’s. The narrower your airway is, the harder it is for air to move through your nose and throat.
Are you over 50 years old? | Circle One: YES or NO
Your risk for sleep apnea increases as you get older.
Are you male? | Circle One: YES or NO
Males are two to three times more likely to have sleep apnea than females. But this doesn’t mean women are off the hook. Women can still get this condition, especially if they’re overweight or have other risk factors.
If you have any of thewe describe here, call our dentist as soon as possible.
Request an Appointment With Dr. Bandos
Did you answer “yes” to any of these questions? If so, it’s time to call our dental office in Kalamazoo, MI. Dr. Bandos can refer you to the appropriate specialist to get a sleep study done.