For more than a decade, two simple questionnaires—the Berlin Questionnaire and the Epworth Sleepiness Scale—have been helping patients identify risk factors and chronic behaviors common to sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If you’re worried that you might have sleep apnea, you can use the following tests to help you determine if a visit with your doctor is necessary. With each test, your score will tell you whether your risk for sleep apnea is higher or lower. Contact us for sleep apnea and snoring treatment in Belmont, MA.
This 10-question test was first developed in 1996 at the Conference on Sleep in Primary Care in Berlin, Germany. Since then, it has become a trusted tool, with a 1999 study concluding that it was more effective than almost any other evaluative method being used at the time. Even today, it is one of the most effective tools in detecting and diagnosing sleep apnea that the medical community has. To learn more about the effectiveness of the Berlin Questionnaire, you can read the official study at the Annals of Internal Medicine website.
1 - 6 = Good. You're likely getting restful sleep.
7 - 9 = Okay. Your sleep could be improved, but you may not have sleep apnea.
10 or higher = Bad. You likely have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea.
Now that you’ve had a chance to take both tests, do your scores indicate that you’re at risk for sleep apnea or another sleep disorder? If they do, schedule an appointment with your doctor now. Not only are you missing out on a great night of sleep, you could also be putting your and your partner’s health in danger. Call EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care of Belmont if you’re ready to talk to a doctor about your symptoms. Dr. Salibian would be happy to answer all of your questions about diagnosing and treating sleep apnea or another sleep disorder.
While snoring can be irritating, both for the snorer and other members of the household, it can also signify a more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Salibian offers custom nightguards and snore guards to eliminate snoring and sleep apnea, so you and your family can enjoy resting well every night.
EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care of Belmont can now treat non-compliant CPAP patients with oral appliance therapy (OAT).
A night guard repositions the lower jaw slightly forward to eliminate slack in the soft tissues of the mouth. This simple appliance has helped thousands of people overcome snoring and sleep apnea. Even CPAP intolerant patients may find relief with a nightguard.
If you’re ready to get some sound sleep, talk with Dr. Salibian about a custom nightguard next time you visit our Belmont office.
Sleep apnea must be dealt with promptly and properly if you want to avoid the long-term consequences of poor-quality slumber. We encourage you to learn as much as you can about sleep apnea so that you can figure out the best way to treat it. You can get started right now by reading the FAQs below. If there’s anything else you want to know about sleep apnea, feel free to contact our practice and ask our team any questions that are on your mind.
A pause in your breathing qualifies as a sleep apnea episode if it lasts for at least 10 seconds. Some pauses last considerably longer – up to 2 minutes in certain cases. A patient can have 5 to 30 sleep apnea episodes during a single hour of slumber. The more episodes you experience, the more severe your sleep disorder is considered to be. Tests can be performed to see how often you’re experiencing sleep apnea episodes in order to determine how advanced your case is and narrow down potential treatment methods.
Obesity and sleep apnea are often closely related. An excess amount of weight often means a greater chance of the airway becoming blocked by relaxed tissues in the throat. In many cases, losing weight can indeed go a long way toward reducing sleep apnea symptoms. However, this is not guaranteed to put a stop to the disorder entirely; it may still be necessary to use an oral appliance to keep your airway open during the night. In short, losing weight is one of several steps you can potentially take to address your sleep apnea.
Virtually anyone can potentially suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, but there are certain factors that can increase your risk of developing the disorder, such as:
Some people with sleep apnea also grind their teeth while they’re asleep. On the surface, you may worry that this could potentially be an obstacle to your ability to get an oral appliance. However, this is far from the case. Teeth grinding won’t affect your candidacy for oral appliance therapy. In fact, a well-made oral appliance can stop your upper and lower arches of teeth from making direct contact with each other, thus reducing the damage related to teeth grinding.
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