More than 22 million Americans have sleep apnea, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association.
Are you one of them? Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes someone to stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night.
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with one of our dentists as soon as possible.
Feel free to print out this quiz and take it to your next appointment with us so you can discuss your symptoms.
Sleep Apnea Quiz
Do you snore loudly? | Circle One: YES or NO
Sound is created through vibration. When air isn’t able to pass freely through your nose and throat, the surrounding tissues vibrate to create the sound we associate with snoring. While almost everyone snores on occasion, you may want to rule out sleep apnea if you snore loudly every night and have other symptoms we describe here.
Has anyone observed you stop breathing during sleep? | Circle One: YES or NO
After a sleep apnea episode, you may choke, snort, or gasp loudly upon waking. If your partner has observed this behavior, call one of our sleep apnea dentists today.
Do you have daytime sleepiness? | Circle One: YES or NO
Do you sleep about 8 hours a night and still feel tired? The problem may be that you’re not getting the deep sleep you need to feel rested. People with sleep apnea wake up several times a night, though they may not remember doing so in the morning.
When you stop breathing, your brain wakes you up just enough to jumpstart your respiratory system. If you have chronic daytime sleepiness, you may want to consult with your doctor or one of our sleep apnea dentists.
Are you carrying extra weight? | Circle One: YES or NO
People who are carrying extra weight are at high risk for sleep apnea symptoms, we recommend asking one of our dentists about OPTISLEEP in the meantime.. This is because the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses during sleep, blocking your upper airway. While losing weight can help relieve
Is your neck circumference more than 16 inches (for women) or more than 17 inches (for men)? | Circle One: YES or NO
A thicker neck could mean that your airway is narrower than the average person’s. The narrower your airway is, the harder it is for air to move freely through your nose and throat.
Are you over 50 years old? | Circle One: YES or NO
Your risk for sleep apnea increases as you get older.
Are you male? | Circle One: YES or NO
While males are two to three times more likely to have sleep apnea than females, this doesn’t mean women are off the hook. Women can still get sleep apnea, especially if they’re overweight or have other risk factors. If you have any of the we describe here, call your dentist as soon as possible.
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, call our office as soon as possible. Dr. John M. McMahon DDS and Dr. John F. McMahon DDS can help you manage your sleep apnea symptoms with an oral appliance called OPTISLEEP. To schedule your appointment with one of our sleep apnea dentists in Jenison MI, call McMahon Family Dental at (616) 457-2710.