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When is a Sleep Study Needed?

How your dental sleep medicine specialists in Attleboro Falls, Massachusetts can help manage your sleep apnea symptoms. 

A sleep study can help determine if you have a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders like sleep apnea can increase your risk of memory problems, heart disease, a stroke, and other serious medical conditions. The dental sleep medicine specialists at The Greater Attleboro Center For Dental Sleep Medicine in Attleboro Falls, Massachusetts offer treatments to help you deal with a sleep disorder.

So, how do you know if you need a sleep study? The test and the diagnosis of Sleep apnea are done by a physician. A physician may suggest keeping a sleep diary to track how and when you are sleeping and waking. Your physician may recommend a sleep study if your symptoms indicate you may have:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep walking

Conditions such as insomnia and restless leg syndrome may not require a sleep study to diagnose. Your doctor will determine whether a sleep study is necessary. 

A sleep study records EEG activity, muscle tone, and eye movements to determine your sleep stages, how fast you fall asleep, and when you begin to experience Rapid Eye Movement, or REM sleep. A sleep study also measures heart rate, airflow, respiration, and oxygen saturation to see if any breathing abnormalities are present. Sleep studies are video recorded to document how you sleep.

You should contact your physician if you are experiencing:

  • Frequent loud snoring
  • Gasping for breath when you wake
  • Frequent sore throats when you wake up
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Daytime fogginess and difficulty concentrating

A sleep study can help diagnose your sleep disorder so it can be treated. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea by your physician, call the dental sleep medicine specialists at The Greater Attleboro Center For Dental Sleep Medicine in Attleboro Falls, Massachusetts. Oral appliance therapy can treat your sleep apnea symptoms. This custom made device can help improve your sleep and treat your snoring. Call today and improve your sleep.

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