How can we help you?
Patient education is important to everyone on our team. We firmly believe that the more you know about oral health, the better you can take care of your teeth and gums. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have—either when you are here for your appointment or before you come in.
We tend to hear some questions quite frequently, and for your convenience, we have listed those here. If you don’t see your question here, be sure to ask!
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
To treat sleep apnea, a patient must first have a sleep study performed to confirm a diagnosis of sleep apnea as well as it's severity. We will refer our patients to a recommended sleep doctor. In the state of Texas, only a physician can order a sleep study to be performed. Unlike in the past, where most sleep studies required going to a hospital or facility, nowadays most sleep studies are performed in your own bed.
What if I'm diagnosed?
After a diagnosis of sleep apnea is confirmed, if a patient is shown to have moderate to severe sleep apnea, CPAP or surgical intervention will most likely be first discussed. If a patient has mild to moderate sleep apnea, or cannot tolerate CPAP, we can provide patients with a sleep apnea device. This device is a specialized mouthpiece that will aid the patient with breathing.
If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact our Memorial, TX dental office today for more information! We are happy to answer any questions regarding sleep apnea that you might have!
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where a person stops breathing for a period of time during sleep. This stop in breathing can last from a few seconds up to 30-40 seconds of breathlessness. The number of times this can occur in a night can be from just a few to hundreds of times in a night. Severe sleep apnea has been linked to the occurrence of high blood pressure and diabetes, and can significantly decrease a person's life span. Though almost every single person who has sleep apnea also snores, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. There is a very quick questionnaire patients can fill out to see if they are at higher risk of sleep apnea or lower risk. Below is the STOP-BANG questionnaire and it will help you recognize if you are at low, intermediate, or high risk of sleep apnea.
Stop-Bang Sleep Apnea Questionnaire
Male / Female ___________
Do you SNORE loudly (louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors)? Yes, No
Do you often feel TIRED, fatigued, or sleepy during daytime? Yes, No
Has anyone OBSERVED you stop breathing during your sleep? Yes, No
Do you have or are you being treated for high blood PRESSURE? Yes No
BMI more than 35kg/m2? Yes, No
AGE over 50 years old? Yes, No
NECK circumference > 16 inches (40cm)? Yes, No
Gender: Male? Yes, No
- High risk of OSA: Yes 5 - 8
- Intermediate risk of OSA: Yes 3 - 4
- Low risk of OSA: Yes 0 - 2