Studies have shown that over 40 million Americans suffer from some sort of sleep disorder. Sleep disorders are known to cause all sorts of symptoms, including headaches, daytime sleepiness, a lack of energy, and many other problems. While there are many different types of sleep disorders, many of them go undiagnosed and untreated because patients are not fully aware of them. While the symptoms are often present, they are not obvious or alarming, therefore patients tend to neglect having them looked at by a health professional.
One of the most commonly seen sleep disorders is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be deadly as the condition causes the patient to stop breathing several times, sometimes hundreds of times, throughout the night, usually due to a blocked or narrowed airway. Since sleep apnea and so many other sleep disorders go undiagnosed, doctors, dentists, and sleep labs are finding new ways to increase awareness about sleep apnea.
One sleep lab in Muncie, Indiana, has decided to step forward and proactively seek out patients, offering them diagnosis along with treatment for their sleep disorder.
Patients are encouraged to visit the sleep lab if they suspect that they are suffering from sleep apnea or another type of sleep disorder. Those who consult with the sleep lab are required to spend one night at the location. During this time diagnosticians and sleep physicians are able to monitor any signs of a sleeping disorder and make a final diagnosis. Patients diagnosed with sleep apnea are treated using the CPAP machine.
This and any other sleep lab doing this extremely proactive and to be commended. Organizations like the sleep lab in Muncie will surely help those with possible sleep disorders and hopefully others will get the message of the importance of being tested for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, even if the outcome is negative.
While the sleep lab is definitely lending a helping hand in the world of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, the lab and others like it should keep in mind that the CPAP machine does not guarantee successful treatment. Many patients with sleep apnea have found CPAP to problematic. In this case, patients often need another type of sleep apnea treatment, and should be offered oral appliance therapy. This means that sleep labs should be open and willing to take matters a step further and work with those patients who are CPAP-intolerant to get a referral to a sleep apnea dentist with experience in oral appliance therapy.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have found that the CPAP machine simply is not for you, don’t worry! Contact Dr. Berry online or call (303) 691-0267 today to schedule a consultation to learn about other sleep apnea treatment options.