It can be hard for a patient to know whether they have sleep apnea; after all, it happens while they think they’re asleep! Dr. Michel will need to confirm you have the disorder before he can suggest any kind of treatment for you; that’s why you’ll likely need a sleep study done by someone who knows how to diagnose sleep apnea in Topeka. Has your partner been complaining about your snoring, or do you keep feeling drowsy during the day? Contact Sleep Solutions by Michel Dental today to start getting to the root of the problem.
First, you’ll need to meet with a certified sleep physician who’s been trained in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. They’ll ask you several questions about your symptoms, such as chronic exhaustion, noticeable mood swings, unexplained weight gain, waking up with a sore throat, or memory problems. If you have a partner or a roommate, ask them if they’ve ever heard you snore loudly or make choking noises periodically in your sleep. In some cases, you might be asked to keep a sleep diary for about two weeks so that the physician can see your sleep pattern.
This initial visit will also help the physician determine if there are factors at play that could make your sleep apnea worse. For example, you might have a second sleep disorder without realizing it, or you may be aggravating the condition with alcohol or certain medications. Sometimes a medical condition or a mental health disorder might be a contributor. All these variables need to be taken into account when moving forward since they could affect treatment later on.
To make a proper diagnosis, your physician will have you undergo a sleep test. There are two ways this can be done: