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Sleep Apnea Self-Test

Do you have trouble sleeping? Ask yourself these questions…

  • Do you have a family history of sleep apnea?
  • Do you snore, gasp or choke while sleeping?
  • Do you have pauses in breathing while sleeping?
  • Do you experience lower pain threshold, mood changes, or problems concentrating?
  • Do you wake up with a very dry mouth?
  • Do you wake up with headaches?
  • Do you wake up feeling exhausted?
  • Do you have large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw?
  • Do you have gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD?
  • Are you overweight?
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If your answers are “Yes” to 5 or more of these questions, you may be at risk of having a sleep disorder. You may have sleep apnea.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that results in a patient’s brain and body receiving too little oxygen while sleeping. It may be responsible for poor performance in your everyday activities and can lead to a number of health issues, some even serious.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Many sleep apnea patients are at least a little overweight. Once you fall asleep, the muscles in your mouth become relaxed and block your airway causing you to snore and have difficulty breathing.

What Are the Risks of Sleep Apnea?

  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure, irregular heartbeats and heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Headaches and worsening of ADHD
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Why Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?

Once you are asleep and your breathing stops, your heart rate will slow down to conserve oxygen. When oxygen is needed again, your heart rate will spike in order to wake your body up for oxygen. This fluctuation of the heart rate is extremely hard on the heart and may increase the risk of heart attacks or strokes.

How Can Sleep Apnea Be Treated?

While weight loss may improve your sleep apnea, but sometimes it can be difficult for you to lose weight. The most effective treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) that helps to continuously blow air down your throat and keeps your airways open while you are sleeping. It is also recommended to get a sleep device that opens your airway while you sleep and relieves the effects of sleep apnea.

Sleep Devices

Oral appliances are one of the most effective treatment options for sleep apnea. They are worn in the mouth at night and must be fitted by an orthodontist or dentist.

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Dorsal Sleep
Acrylic or Comfort Fit
(This Dorsal appliance is one of the most popular devices for treating sleep apnea as it allows lateral jaw movement and patient's comfort.)

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Device EMA
(This oral device is a customized removable appliance designed for the noninvasive treatment of sleep apnea. It prevents snoring and helps promote a deeper and more restful sleep.)

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Adjustable Herbst Sleep Device
Acrylic or Comfort Fit
(The Adjustable Herbst appliance is effective in treatment of snoring and OSA. It is designed to advance the mandible to the desired position and desirable for patients who want adjustment capability.)

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Tap® 1 & Tap ® 3 Elite Sleep Device
(These are mandibular advancement devices that snap over your upper and lower teeth firmly and comfortably. It allows maximum comfort and is very effective in treating snoring and sleep apnea.)

Your sleep apnea device may be covered by your insurance or medicare!

Call us at (949) 701-3031 to find out if your insurance covers your sleep apnea device!