Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatments in Trophy Club, TX
Reduce or eliminate snoring with a dental appliance
Do you snore? Or gasp for air in your sleep? Do you always feel tired?
If so, you may have sleep apnea or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Approximately 25 million adults in the United States suffer from sleep apnea. This chronic condition occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing the soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. Symptoms include snoring, gasping, or chocking sounds during sleep.
David Crumpton, DDS, is specially trained in sleep apnea evaluations and sleep apnea oral appliance therapy.
For those diagnosed with sleep apnea oral appliance therapy may be an alternative to a CPAP mask. Dental appliances are a great option for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea and not CPAP compliant and/or cannot tolerate a CPAP mask. Sleep apnea dental appliances are similar in size to a dental night guard and are more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask. The dental appliance moves the jaw forward, increasing the size of the upper airway and reduces the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring.
Epworth Sleepiness Scale Self-Assessment
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is widely used in the field of sleep medicine as a subjective measure of a patient’s sleepiness. The test is a list of eight situations in which you rate your tendency to become sleepy on a scale of 0, no chance of dozing, to 3, high chance of dozing. When you finish the test, add up the values of your responses. Your total score is based on a scale of 0 to 24. The scale estimates whether you are experiencing excessive sleepiness that possibly requires medical attention.
If you think you may have sleep apnea, please complete this self-assessment.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or suffer from any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, call us today to schedule an evaluation.