Understanding Your Condition
Sleep apnea is a severe condition that each person experiences differently. While the symptoms and treatment may be similar, there are a variety of factors that can be causing their sleep discrepancies. Genetics, weight, weakened muscles, or lifestyle choices may be the cause of your sleep apnea.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Lauk, she’ll ask you to explain your symptoms and sleep pattern. Since family history can play a role in sleep apnea, she’ll ask you if you have any relatives with sleep conditions or chronic snoring. The more Dr. Lauk knows about your lifestyle, the better she can accurately determine the proper treatment for you.
Getting the Proper Care
Diagnosing sleep apnea is an overnight process that requires you to participate in an overnight sleep study. If you need further instructions about this sleep study, Dr. Lauk can refer you to a local physician.
Once you receive your sleep apnea diagnosis, Dr. Lauk will discuss treatment options with you. A common treatment option we recommend is an oral appliance. This is a custom-made mouthpiece that fits comfortably on your teeth while you sleep.
An oral appliance is a convenient treatment option to the traditional CPAP– Continuous positive airway pressure– machine. Many people have found CPAP to be loud, invasive, and ineffective, which is why they’re turning to oral appliances.
What Questions Should I Ask?
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your everyday lifestyle and can be overwhelming to deal with. It’s important that you’re provided with all the necessary information in order for you to overcome this sleep disorder.
The following questions are commonly asked by patients suffering from sleep apnea:
1. What causes sleep apnea?
2. How long will the treatment process take?
3. Why isn’t CPAP a preferred treatment option?
4. How can I pay for my treatment?
5. What are the risks of sleep apnea?
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Dr. Lauk is highly educated about sleep apnea and can provide you with the right treatment by addressing any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us today to obtain a peaceful sleep and wake up feeling rested.