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Diagnosing Sleep Apnea – Summerlin, NV

Confirming the Nature of Your Sleep Disorder

Close-up of a sleep test for diagnosing sleep apnea in Summerlin, NV

As important as it is to address your sleep apnea as soon as you can, Dr. Pamela West can only create a treatment plan once she has confirmed that you’re suffering from the disorder. The diagnosis phase also allows her to narrow down the kind of treatments that would be helpful in your specific case. If you’ve been feeling exhausted during the day and have been told you snore loudly at night, call us today to schedule a consultation and begin the process.

Medical History

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At the beginning of your visit, you should describe, in as much detail as possible, all the signs and symptoms that you’ve noticed (including snoring, general sleepiness, insomnia, and problems concentrating). Dr. West will need to consider this information along with your medical history, which may include:

Physical Exam

Patient in chair waiting for sleep apnea examination

During your visit, we’ll perform an examination to look for physical factors that might be contributing to sleep apnea episodes. For example, patients with an unusually large neck circumference (more than 17 inches for men and more than 16 inches for women) are more likely to have issues with their breathing while they sleep. Similar risk factors that could lead to a blocked airway include obesity and large tonsils. Jaw size, tongue size, and tongue position also need to be taken into account.

Sleep Studies

Close-up of hand wearing device for sleep apnea test

If your medical history and physical examination give us reason to believe you may have sleep apnea, we’ll arrange for a sleep study to be performed. These tests can measure how many sleep apnea events you suffer from each night, and it can detect the level of activity in the muscles that are responsible for controlling your breathing. Blood oxygen levels, brain activity, and heart activity are also monitored throughout the night. These tests can confirm the presence of sleep apnea, and the results can tell us how severe it is, which will affect the course of treatment.

Ruling Out Other Health Issues

Sometimes it might be necessary to perform additional tests to rule out specific medical conditions that might be causing sleep apnea. This may include blood tests to check the levels of certain hormones; women may also need a pelvic ultrasound to check the ovaries.

We’ll also need to know about any opioids or other medications you’re using. Sometimes these medicines could either cause sleep apnea symptoms or affect your sleep in other ways. If you’ve been traveling recently, be sure to tell us if you ever went to altitudes greater than 6,000 feet; people that have been exposed to the low-oxygen environment at that height will sometimes notice the signs of sleep apnea for a few weeks.

Once all the necessary tests and examinations are complete, we can decide if oral appliance therapy or combined therapy are suitable options in your case.

2095 Village Center Cir., #110-B, Las Vegas, NV 89134 USA
Dr. Pamela West Las Vegas, NV dentist providing sleep apnea therapy. 702.844.6226 julie@isleepsolutions.com