Another morning has come and you are playing your favorite game of “press the snooze button.” The prize for winning is a few more minutes of precious sleep and a panicked commute to work. You typically get around 8 hours of sleep a night, so why is getting up always so difficult? Your partners says you snore, but what are you supposed to do about it? It’s not like you can actually hear your own snoring. What’s going on? Snoring is often an indicator of a condition called sleep apnea. One of the best ways to find out if you are experiencing this is with a sleep study. One is now being offered by Dr. Wagner at Eccella Smiles & Aesthetics. It could help lead to the diagnosis and treatment of your sleep apnea in Jacksonville.
What Is A Sleep Study?
A sleep study is a type of exam a doctor uses to monitor what happens to your body while you sleep. They can monitor brain activity, cardiovascular activity, and limb activity. They can discern the quality of sleep you are getting by analyzing your brain waves. A sleep study enables them to properly diagnose conditions such as sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, and others. A typical visit to the doctor would only be based on your experience while awake, which can be very unreliable when trying to pinpoint a problem you are literally sleeping through.
How Does A Sleep Study Work?
Once you and Dr. Wagner decidex you should come in for a sleep study, you will arrive at the doctor’s office about 2 hours before you intend to go to bed. You can wear your own clothes and bring any other items you would like to sleep with, be they pillows, sheets, or blankets. You will sleep in a room that is comfortable and darkened so you can rest. Before you go to bed, the doctors will hook up a variety of sensors on your head and body so they can monitor you while you sleep. These sensors still allow you to move freely; you will not be confined to the bed at any time. Conditions like this may make sleeping difficult, but you do not need a full night’s sleep for the doctors to get the information they need. Afterwards, they will analyze the data from the night and inform you of their findings.
How Does This Help My Snoring/Sleep Apnea?
The first part of addressing any problem is figuring out what it is. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, the doctor’s at Eccella can offer you a variety solutions, such as an oral appliance, to help alleviate symptoms. Sleep apnea is a disorder many patients do not know they are suffering from. They simply feel tired all the time and might experience excessive snoring. The only way to be sure of what’s going on is to consult Dr. Wagner, who may recommend a sleep study for you. Very few dental practices offer such services, so if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please come see us.