16 Oct Are You At Risk For Sleep Apnea?
It is estimated that 90 million people in North America have breathing issues that lead to snoring and sleep apnea. So what is sleep apnea?
According to the Mayo Clinic, sleep apnea is a disorder where your breathing repeatedly starts and stops while you sleep. In addition to your body getting a poor nights rest, the lack of oxygen caused by snoring and sleep apnea increases your risk of high blood pressure, leading to heart attack and stroke.
The great news is that sleep apnea can be treated effectively if properly identified and diagnosed. Proper sleep can add quality years of increased vitality and longevity. Take our Sleep Apnea Risk Assessment to find out your risk level.
Epworth Sleepiness Scale
Answer the questions below by how likely you are to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations: (0=Never, 1=Slight, 2=Moderate, 3=High chance of dozing off)
Sitting and reading 0 1 2 3
Watching television 0 1 2 3
Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g. theatre, meeting) 0 1 2 3
As a passenger in a car for one hour without a break 0 1 2 3
Sitting down quietly after lunch without alcohol 0 1 2 3
Lying down to rest in the afternoon 0 1 2 3
Sitting and talking to someone 0 1 2 3
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic 0 1 2 3
Add up your total number of points based on your answers above.
If you score 9 and above, it is recommended you be evaluated for this disease. Contact our office to schedule your visit.
If you score between 0-6, you likely have low risk for this disease.
Again, the great news is that sleep apnea can be treated effectively if properly identified and diagnosed. At Integrative Oral Medicine, we have the tools to help diagnose breathing obstructions and disorders like sleep apnea. If you or a family member may be at risk, give our office a call and set up an appointment.