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.
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 dental office.
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