By Ryan O’Neill, D.M.D.
Screening for sleep apnea should be a point of emphasis at your dental and medical appointments. Sleep apnea can lead to the development of other serious medical conditions including Type II Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Acid Reflux, ADHD and weight gain. According to Ryan O’Neill, D.M.D., pictured, effective treatment of sleep apnea results in fewer hospital visits from these related diseases. This 8 Question
Self-Test will help determine your risk for sleep apnea.
1. Frequent snoring?
Does your bed partner tell you that you snore? Snoring is caused by a decreased flow of air, which creates increased vibration of the airway tissue, and ultimately results in snoring.
2. Excessively fatigued?
Do you feel excessively sleepy during the day? Excessive daytime sleepiness can include falling asleep while driving, talking to someone or even reading a book. A decrease in daytime fatigue can result in increased productivity and overall mood.
3. Gasping during sleep?
Do you ever wake up coughing, choking, or gasping for air? The effects of this on the body are similar to the act of drowning. The brain is telling the body to breath, but the body cannot because of an “obstruction,” such as the tongue or a constriction in the airway.
4. High blood pressure?
Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension)? If you stop breathing while you sleep, your heart will receive insufficient amounts of oxygen, causing your blood pressure to increase while sleeping.
The Body Mass Index (BMI) helps determine normal weight based upon age and height. Patients who have a high BMI are overweight and typically have a larger than normal tongue, which can prevent sufficient air from flowing during sleep.
6. Over 50 years old?
Anyone over the age of 50 years old has a higher risk of suffering from sleep apnea. Mortality rates for males are highest in the 50 to 55 year old population.
7. Large neck?
This question takes into account the size of the neck measured around the Adam’s apple. For males, a large neck is considered 17 inches or greater, and for females, 16 inches or greater.
An estimated 42 million Americans (15% of the U.S. population) suffer from sleep-disordered breathing with men having more than twice the risk than women.
If you said yes to >3 questions…
If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions, you are considered to be high-risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and should consult with a medical professional.
Sleep Nashville offers free snoring and sleep apnea consultations. At the consultation, we will continue the screening process for sleep apnea as well as discuss testing and treatment options.
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