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What are the symptoms of sleep apnea? How can I have my doctor test for it? Please tell me specific symptoms and tests. Thank you very much.
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Polysomnogram
This sleep study gives the sleep physician much information.
It can be done in a sleep center or with an at home test. It will also be used to make treatment recommendations and judge the effectiveness of treatment. The md will prescribe cpap, but other effective options include mad, mandibular advancement devices, prescribed and fit by a trained dentist.

In brief: Polysomnogram
This sleep study gives the sleep physician much information.
It can be done in a sleep center or with an at home test. It will also be used to make treatment recommendations and judge the effectiveness of treatment. The md will prescribe cpap, but other effective options include mad, mandibular advancement devices, prescribed and fit by a trained dentist.
Dr. Gary Lederman
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Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Several
Snoring is a warning sign that sleep apnea may be present.
Other complaints include awakening gasping/choking for air, dry mouth/sore throat, urinating multiple times at nights, morning headaches, unrefreshing sleep, cognitive impairment and excessive daytime somnolence. Talk to your doctor about any of these symptoms. A sleep study would have to be done to confirm the diagnosis.

In brief: Several
Snoring is a warning sign that sleep apnea may be present.
Other complaints include awakening gasping/choking for air, dry mouth/sore throat, urinating multiple times at nights, morning headaches, unrefreshing sleep, cognitive impairment and excessive daytime somnolence. Talk to your doctor about any of these symptoms. A sleep study would have to be done to confirm the diagnosis.
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
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Dr. Stephen Siegel
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Polysomnogram
The epworth sleepiness scale is a helpful screening survey.
Some symptoms: excessive daytime sleepiness, snoring, stop breathing during sleep, awakening abruptly with shortness of breathi, morning headache, difficulty staying asleep, overweight, thick neck. Your doctor can test you for it with an overnight polysomnogram measuring your breahing, breathing effort, oxygen level and other parameters.

In brief: Polysomnogram
The epworth sleepiness scale is a helpful screening survey.
Some symptoms: excessive daytime sleepiness, snoring, stop breathing during sleep, awakening abruptly with shortness of breathi, morning headache, difficulty staying asleep, overweight, thick neck. Your doctor can test you for it with an overnight polysomnogram measuring your breahing, breathing effort, oxygen level and other parameters.
Dr. Stephen Siegel
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Angela Zhang
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Sleep apnea
Symptoms include: fatigue, daytime sleepiness, snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, morning headaches, impaired daytime functioning b/c of sleepiness.
Risk factors include obesity, sedative use, males>females. Tests include the epworth sleepiness scale and polysomnography ("sleep study"). Treatment depends on what kind of sleep apnea you are ultimately diagnosed with.

In brief: Sleep apnea
Symptoms include: fatigue, daytime sleepiness, snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, morning headaches, impaired daytime functioning b/c of sleepiness.
Risk factors include obesity, sedative use, males>females. Tests include the epworth sleepiness scale and polysomnography ("sleep study"). Treatment depends on what kind of sleep apnea you are ultimately diagnosed with.
Angela Zhang
Angela Zhang
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