Do I have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
Answering this question requires you to have a sleep study carried out by a sleep physician. In some cases, you will need to sleep overnight in a sleep clinic so that they can monitor your sleep habits. In other cases, an at-home sleep test may provide accurate enough data to come to a definitive conclusion. Sleep analysis will also determine the severity of your OSA condition, if it exists. This allows sleep experts to make accurate recommendations for treatment.
Some of the signs of OSA include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Frequent fatigue
- Sore throat
- Inability to concentrate
- Weight gain
- Loud snoring
Many patients do not realise they suffer from a sleep disorder unless their partner complains of loud snoring or they receive an unexpected diagnosis from their physician. Sleeping with a C-PAP machine is often the first recommendation for treating sleep apnea. Some patients prefer an alternative either because of frequent travel or because they have difficulty getting used to wearing the C-PAP mask while they sleep.
We offer an approved alternative called oral appliance therapy. An oral appliance can assist with opening your airway as you sleep by gently guiding your lower jaw forward to remove the obstructive anatomy. This allows many patients with mild to moderate OSA to enjoy the regenerative sleep they need to stay healthy.