Sleep Medicine – Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring may be a warning sign that you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea that results in a lack of restorative sleep. Lack of sufficient sleep or restful sleep is a serious issue. Poor sleep can lead to daytime fatigue and increase our risk for accidents at work and at home. Certain sleep disorders, like sleep apnea without proper treatment is associated with high blood pressure and heart disease.
In helping people with sleep it is very important to try to identify the reason for the difficulty with sleep. For example, sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep diseases. Signs of sleep apnea could be snoring, one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while sleeping, and daytime fatigue. Sleep apnea is diagnosed by performing a sleep test and monitoring parameters of sleep like oxygen levels and breathing monitors. Other sleep conditions like insomnia or shift work sleep disorder can be diagnosed through a sleep history and examination and sleep journals.
To determine if you might have a sleep problem we have a screening sleep questionnaire on this link: Sleep Assessment.
Please fill this out and you can fax (972-248-2028) it to our office. Dr. Reihsen will evaluate your assessment and then our office will set up an appointment for you.