Sleep Apnea and the Importance of Sleep Testing
Sleep Better, Live Better: Uncovering the Truth About Sleep Apnea with Dr. Randi Green
Sleep is a cornerstone of health, yet many suffer from sleep-disordered breathing without realizing it. Dr. Randi Green, Springfield's expert in physiologic and sleep dentistry, shares valuable insights into sleep apnea, a common but often unnoticed condition that affects millions.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder where breathing stops and starts during sleep. It can lead to numerous health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Sleep apnea can be characterized by snoring, fatigue, and lack of concentration.
Signs You Need a Sleep Test:
- Snoring: Not just a nuisance, snoring can be a significant indicator of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
- Depression: Sleep disorders and depression often coexist, influencing each other.
- Fatigue: Constant tiredness can indicate sleep apnea's impact on restorative sleep.
- Lack of Concentration: Memory and focus issues might signal sleep apnea.
- Insomnia: Difficulty falling or staying asleep can be linked with sleep apnea.
The Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea:
Leaving sleep apnea untreated can have severe consequences, such as increased risk for cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. In children, it can lead to behavioral and developmental issues.
The Solution: Sleep Testing and Treatment
Dr. Green advocates for sleep screening as the first step toward diagnosis and treatment. A home sleep apnea test, offered by Springfield Smile Doctor, is a convenient and effective way to start this journey.
How Does a Sleep Test Work?
A sleep test monitors various bodily functions during sleep, such as breathing patterns, oxygen levels, and heart rhythms. This data helps in diagnosing sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.
- Lifestyle Changes: Addressing factors like obesity, alcohol consumption, and sleeping positions.
- CPAP Therapy: A common and effective treatment for OSA.
- Oral Appliances: Custom-fitted by a dentist, these help keep the airway open.
- Surgery: Considered in cases where other treatments are ineffective.
Why Choose Springfield Smile Doctor for sleep apnea treatment?
Under Dr. Green's expert guidance, the team at Springfield Smile Doctor is well-equipped to screen and treat sleep apnea. Dr. Green works with board-certified sleep physicians who score and diagnose sleep apnea.
With state-of-the-art facilities and a patient-centric approach, Dr. Green's smile team ensures the best care for their patients.
If you're experiencing signs of sleep apnea or want to ensure your sleep is as healthy as it can be, don't wait.
Contact Springfield Smile Doctor today at (417) 887-5155 to schedule your new patient visit and take-home sleep study. It's a simple, painless process that can significantly improve your quality of life.
Call or text to learn how we can help you achieve a better night's sleep and improve your quality of life.
Sleep apnea is a serious but treatable condition. You can enjoy a healthier, more energetic life with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Trust Dr. Randi Green and the Springfield Smile Doctor team to guide you toward better sleep and health.