Richmond, VA

Facts about Sleep Apnea

  • Sleep apnea is the #1 identifiable (and treatable) cause of high blood pressure or hypertension, according to the Joint National Committee on High Blood Pressure.
  • Sleep apnea is a major cause of obesity.
  • Women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) have up to a thirty times greater risk of having sleep apnea.
  • There are more motor vehicle accidents caused by sleep disorders than there are from alcohol and drugs combined.

A sleep study is needed to diagnose a sleep disorder. Dr. Hart refers her patients to a Board Certified Sleep Specialists.

Mandibular advancement devices (MAD) are dental devices used to maintain your airway. The Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine recommends a MAD for mild to moderate sleep apnea due to compliance. Most people are able to get used to a MAD for their sleep apnea (90%) versus only 30 % of patients can tolerate a C-PAP to maintain their airway.

Answer the questions below to find out if you might be at risk of having OSA

Epworth Sleepiness Scale

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations?0-no chance of dozing
1 slight chance of dozing
2 moderate chance of dozing
3 high chance of dozingA score of 10 or greater indicates a possible sleep disorder.
  • sitting and reading
  • watching TV
  • sitting inactive in a public place (i.e. theater or a meeting)
  • as a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
  • lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit
  • sitting and talking to someone
  • sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol
  • in a car , while stopping for a few minutes in traffic

Please share your self-assessment of Epworth Sleepiness scale with Dr. Hart

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