Our dental office now offers free and valuable screening for sleep disordered breathing. Screening is simple and involves completion of this questionnaire. Restricted breathing during sleep due to nasal congestion/allergies/anatomical issues, snoring and sleep apnea are part of the continuum of sleep disordered breathing. No longer has a humorous nuisance, new research shows that even nasal congestion, snoring sounds, and soft snoring during sleep can have serious consequences on your health and quality of life. Heavy snoring has been linked to high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, heart attack, and stroke. Sleep apnea is a serious condition and occurs when a complete stoppage in breathing occurs for more than 10 seconds. This can significantly reduce oxygen levels in your body and disrupt normal sleep cycles.
Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions. If either you or your bed partner have a response of two or more, you could be at risk and should have a comprehensive evaluation.