Of course most of the above symptoms could be the cause of other conditions such as having to work long and irregular hours, the side effect of medicines (such as beta blockers, antihistamines, sleeping tablets or others), chronic fatigue, alcohol abuse – and much more. That’s why proper diagnosis is so important.
Your Holistic Dental practitioner has the experience and qualifications to diagnose and assess whether you suffer from sleep apnoea. During the consultation, your Holistic practitioner may take a complete medical and dental history, and then conduct a physical examination of your mouth, throat and jaw. You may be asked to complete a sleep diary (which you can download here ) before being referred to a sleep physician, who will conduct a thorough sleep study.
The sleep study is either performed in a dedicated sleep laboratory, or you may be fitted with special monitoring equipment (called a polysomnogram) that enables you to complete the study in the comfort of your own home. During the study, signals from your brain will be recorded together with data relating to your muscle activity and breathing. At the same time, a small bandage-like probe attached to one finger will measure the amount of oxygen in your blood.
The results from the study will be analysed to determine whether or not you have obstructive sleep apnoea, and what type of treatment is required.