It is normal for the throat muscles to relax during sleep, narrowing the airways. In Sleep Apnea patients, a full or partial blockage of the airway occurs. Frequent loud snoring may be a sign of Sleep Apnea and can be a serious medical condition and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, impotence, irritability, frequent nighttime urination, and memory and concentration difficulties. When left untreated, Sleep Apnea can be deadly.
Oral Sleep Appliances are the most commonly accepted method for treating sleep apnea and can be an alternative to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Typically, you will be referred to a physician for a sleep study and proper diagnosis, then Dr. Massa will work to create the right appliance to help your condition. Those who have attempted CPAP but were unsuccessful will also benefit from Oral Appliance Therapy. Oral appliances are designed to keep the airway open at night, eliminating snoring and interruption. Many CPAP users frustrated with the face mask attached to a motor are happy to substitute Dr. Massa’s simple dental appliance. Dr. Massa has had advanced training in sleep breathing disorders, receiving a fellowship at The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and is a member of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics.
Take The Epworth Sleepiness Evaluation:
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale measures a person’s general level of daytime sleepiness. It is a simple questionnaire based on retrospective reports of the likelihood of dozing off or falling asleep in a variety of different situations. When you finish the test, add up the values of your responses. The scale estimated whether you are experiencing excessive sleepiness that possibly requires medical attention.
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situation? You should rate your chances of dozing off, not just feeling tired. For each situation, decide whether or not your would have:
- No chance of dozing -0
- Slight chance of dozing -1
- Moderate chance of dozing -2
- High chance of dozing -3
Write down the number corresponding to your choice and then total your score.
Situation Chance of Dozing
|Siting and Reading|
|Sitting inactive in a public place (i.e. theater or a meeting)|
|As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break|
|Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit|
|Siting and talking to someone|
|Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol|
|In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic|
Total Score: _________________
A score of 10 or more indicates a possible sleep disorder. Talk to one our Doctors about your results.
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