Sleep Apnea Questionnaire
What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
OSA is a disorder that causes breathing pauses while you sleep. During sleep, muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax, shrinking the airway. At certain levels of severity, complete blockage of the airway space by the soft tissues and the tongue can occur. If this period of asphyxiation lasts longer than 10 seconds, it is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a medical condition with serious long-term effects. As a result, your quality of sleep suffers, making you tired during the day. It may also affect your partner keeping him or her awake at night as well.
Treatment of OSA depends on a physician’s diagnosis. One effective option for mild to moderate OSA, snoring and severe sleep apnea for patients who do not tolerate the CPAP treatment or comply with it. Oral appliances are worn during sleep and support the jaw in a forward position, allowing the upper airways to stay open.
SLEEP APNEA QUESTIONANAIRE
DO YOU SNORE LOUDLY?
DO YOU FEEL EXCESSIVELY SLEEPY DURING THE DAY?
HAVE YOU HAD, OR ARE YOU CURRENTLY BEING TREATED FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?
HAVE YOU EVER FALLEN ASLEEP DURING THE DAY WHEN YOU ARE NOT BUSY OR ACTIVE?
DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE STAYING ASLEEP ONCE YOU FALL ASLEEP?
HAS ANYONE TOLD YOU THAT YOU STOP BREATHING WHILE ASLEEP?
HAVE YOU EVER WOKEN UP SUDDENLY WITH SHORTNESS OF BREATH, GASPING OR WITH YOUR HEART RACING?
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References: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. What Causes Sleep Apnea?. American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Oral Appliance Therapy.