Sleep Apnea Treatment
Dr. Assili is a member of American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and has been treating snoring and sleep apnea in his Northridge office for the past 5 years. More than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea. This sleep disorder causes a person’s breathing to stop and start throughout the night. Those who choose not to seek help are putting their lives at risk. According to researchers, patients who have this sleep disorder are three times more likely to have a motor vehicle accident. To make matters worse, 90 percent of patients with the disorder are unaware they have it.
A few of the most common warning signs include snoring, high blood pressure and difficulty staying awake during the day. To diagnose someone with a sleeping disorder, the doctor must ask a series of questions. For example, the doctor may ask the patient if he or she has awakens by gasping for air or choking. Many patients wake in the middle of night without realizing why. Besides that, the doctor will also want to know if the patient experiences headaches or a lack of energy after a full night of sleep.
The doctor will need to know if the patient’s legs twitch or jerk while he or she is sleeping. Twitching legs and an inability to fall asleep are usually signs of a sleeping disorder. Some patients even gain weight and have trouble losing it. Patients should keep track of their sleeping activity so they can report it to their doctor. These detailed reports will help the doctor form an accurate diagnosis. The patients should record everything from their inability to stay awake during the day to their struggles with falling asleep at night.
When diagnosing patients, the doctor will ask questions about how tired they feel while participating in routine activities. Most doctors use a sleepiness scale, which has patients rank how tired they feel during each event. Some of the events include watching television, sitting and reading, traveling as a passenger in a car or lying down to rest. Those who test positive for the sleeping disorder must undergo sleep apnea treatment. This treatment can help patients breathe easier throughout the night and sleep more restfully. Patients no longer need to wake up in the middle of night gasping for air.