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Sleep Apnea: How to Determine if You’re Affected

Jul 31, 2018 04:02AM

We all wonder if we’re getting enough sleep and have heard of the debilitating effects of sleep apnea, which can range from weight gain to high blood pressure and heart disease. But how can we know if we’re affected? Fortunately, Dr. Dennis Nagata, DDS, is trained to evaluate sleep disorders and can provide a dental solution that is an alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines.

Understanding whether a sleep disorder is present and if a dental solution is appropriate first requires evaluating the quality of one’s sleep. One thing to look at is how sleepy a person is during normal daily activities. The Epworth Sleepiness scale asks questions that aide in the evaluation process. This questionnaire can be downloaded at SleepApnea.org, click on: Know Your Risk Level. This form asks questions about how likely one is to feel sleepy during activities such as riding in a car, watching television or reading. The answers to these questions will help Dr. Nagata to determine the level of sleep deprivation that a patient is experiencing.

The second evaluation that can be done online is the Stop Bang questionnaire available at StopBang.ca/osa/Screening.php, which provides an interactive evaluation of a person’s risk factors for having a sleep disorder. The series of questions range from the incidence of snoring, to blood pressure, age and body mass index. The results of the evaluation will provide a score for how at risk a person is for a sleep disorder.

The combination of these two evaluations will help an individual determine whether they should seek the help of a health professional for their sleep problems.

Even without going through these questionnaires, anyone that feels that they’re having a problem is welcome to make an appointment with Dr. Nagata for an evaluation. To learn more, visit his website or call his office to make an appointment.

Location: 1888 Kalakaua Ave, Ste C-311, Honoluu. For more information, call 808-526-0670, or visit: DentalSleepMedicineHawaii.com.

 

 

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