You may suspect that you have sleep apnea. Even if you don’t have any suspicions, your partner may have noticed the problems you have while you sleep. If you believe you have this condition, the first step you need to take is contacting the specialists at the NeuroMedical Institute. During your consultation, we can provide you with an official diagnosis and help you get the personalized treatment you need.
To get the most out of visiting a sleep apnea professional, you should come in prepared. We will ask you questions and gather as much relevant information about you as possible to allow us to get an idea of the extent of your sleep problems.
It is important for you to write down all of the symptoms you’re dealing with, even if you feel that the symptoms have no connection with your sleep apnea. Often, any underlying secondary conditions will give our sleep apnea professional more insight into your condition.
Write down any personal information that might be affecting your ability to sleep. If you have had some major changes in your life, these could impact your ability to sleep and make your sleep apnea worse. In that same list, jot down any medications that you are currently taking.
As mentioned before, you’re going to cover a lot of ground during your first visit with us. For this reason, it might be a good idea to bring someone with you who can jot down information that you might forget. The best person to bring with you is your bed partner. They will be more aware of your sleep symptoms than you are.
Undoubtedly, you have some questions, which is why you’re considering scheduling an appointment with our sleep apnea professional. Writing these questions down before your appointment will allow you to ensure you don’t leave out anything important.
We will also help you learn if your sleep apnea is permanent or temporary. Many times, a temporary condition will reverse itself with lifestyle changes such as weight loss. Take the time to find out what the available treatments are and what treatments the sleep apnea professional recommends you use. For example, we often recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, a type of treatment that utilizes a specially designed machine to keep your airways open while you sleep. If you have other conditions that are affecting you, ask our specialist what steps you can take to manage your sleep apnea without exacerbating other health concerns.
Sleep apnea can be very manageable. However, if left untreated, it can affect your health and quality of life. If you believe you may have sleep apnea, the trained professionals at the NeuroMedical Institute can help. Take the first step towards better sleep by scheduling a consultation with our office in Panama City today.