- Do you have sleep apnea?
- Do you know what sleep apnea is?
- Not sure if you have sleep apnea?
The most common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea is loud, persistent snoring, which may include pauses followed by choking or gasping. However, not all snorers have sleep apnea. Dr. Nugent had a home sleep test and the test showed he snores but does not have sleep apnea. Other symptoms include chronic daytime fatigue, morning headaches, problems concentrating, mood swings, and difficulty controlling blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Any easy way to screen yourself is to take the STOP test. If you answer yes to two or more of them, you need to call our office for a consult.
• S – Do you snore loudly? (Loud enough to be heard through a closed door)
• T – Are you tired or fatigued? (For example, you fall asleep while driving or during inactive times throughout the day)
• O – Has anyone observed that you stop breathing during sleep?
• P – Do you have, or are you being treated for, high blood pressure?
Helping Deer Park and Pasadena with Sleep Apnea
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, make an appointment at our office. We will get you set up for a home sleep test. A sleep test is the ONLY way to diagnosis if you have sleep apnea. The sleep test is sent to your house. You complete the test in your own bed for two nights. The equipment is sent back in the pre-paid envelope. Then the study is read by a board-certified sleep physician. They dive a diagnosis and give a recommendation for treatment. If that treatment includes an oral appliance Drs. Nugent and West will start the process.