If you think you may have sleep apnea, your first step should be to consult with your physician. Provide as much detail as possible regarding your symptoms. It will likely be helpful to have your bed partner also provide information on snoring, pauses between your breaths, and any other indicators you might be unaware of.
If your doctor suspects you have a sleep disorder, they will likely prescribe some kind of sleep study. In many cases, this involves spending the night at a sleep disorder center where physicians specializing in sleep medicine can monitor your heart rate, brain waves, lung activity, and other factors relevant to your sleep. The doctors at the sleep medicine center can share that data with your doctor. Alternatively, some doctors may provide the option of a home sleep study using a portable, doctor-provided device to collect the necessary data.
After reviewing the results of the sleep study, your doctor or another specialist from the sleep medicine center will be able to determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, or some other sleep disorder.
If your diagnosis is obstructive sleep apnea, now is a good time to schedule a sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Dolgos at Buffalo TMJ in Orchard Park, NY. If you have not been diagnosed, we can also provide an initial screening.
Options for Treating Sleep Apnea
There are many treatment options available to those living with sleep apnea. In a sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Dolgos, he will be able to determine which option or combination of options is the right choice for you.