Downtown Dental Excellence offers Home Sleep Apnea Testing in Cleveland, TX

If you notice that you are waking up throughout the night choking and finding it difficult to breathe, and/or your spouse complains about your constant, annoying snoring, you may have sleep apnea. If so, you’ll want to make sure to undergo home sleep apnea testing to figure out if you have sleep apnea. This will allow you to get the proper treatment that you need.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition that involves the blocking of the airways from the mouth to the lungs during sleep. When you sleep, the muscles in the mouth and the pharynx relax. When they relax too much, your tongue and muscles may block the airway. This causes you to wake up, and to have difficultly breathing during sleep.

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Why You Need to Treat Sleep Apnea

While snoring and waking up throughout the night can be extremely annoying, the effects of sleep apnea actually go beyond these minor annoyances. Sleep apnea can lead to a variety of health ailments, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Memory Loss
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • And More

It is important to treat sleep apnea to reduce your risk of these ailments. In order to treat sleep apnea, though, you need to figure out whether or not you have sleep apnea in the first place.

At Home Testing

There are two main types of sleep apnea testing: sleep studies and home sleep apnea testing. While sleep studies can be useful, they aren’t practical for a lot of patients. Because of this, at home sleep apnea testing may be the right option. In order to perform home sleep apnea testing, different tools may be used. One is a Medibyte Jr device.

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Medibyte Jr Device

The Medibyte Jr device uses three sensors to record six different channels. The six channels monitor a variety of bodily functions, such as:

  • Heart Rate
  • Blood Oxygen Saturation
  • Airflow
  • Respiratory Effort
  • Snoring
  • Body Positioning During Sleep

By looking over the results of the at home sleep apnea testing, a doctor can better understand whether or not a patient has sleep apnea, and how the sleep apnea can best be treated.

Treatment Options

There are various treatment options that can be used to both treat the symptoms and root causes of sleep apnea. For the treatment of the symptoms, many patients will either get a CPAP machine, or an oral appliance. While CPAP machines are very effective, they are also very cumbersome. Oral appliances, on the other hand, look and feel a lot like a bite guard that would be used for the treatment of teeth grinding.

Ultimately, the root cause should be treated in order to stop sleep apnea. A lot of the time, this simply means giving up smoking, drinking and/or eating unhealthy foods.

If you are worried that you may have sleep apnea, speak with your dentist about testing. If the option is available, ask about home testing. This will allow your doctor to diagnose and ultimately treat your sleep apnea.

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