Diagnosing sleep disorders
If sleep disruptions are significant enough to interfere with normal physical, mental, social and emotional functioning it is important to see your doctor. Your doctor will determine if there is an underlying cause for your sleep disturbance and if further investigations are warranted.
To obtain a diagnosis your doctor may recommend:
- A polysomnography – or sleep study
- An electroencephalogram (EEG)
- A genetic blood testing if narcolepsy (unpredictable bouts of falling asleep) is suspected.
These investigations will determine if there is a medical or physical cause for your sleep disorder. Sleeping disorders related to snoring, sleep apnoea and the pain and discomfort of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can be successfully treated by a specialist in dental sleep medicine.
How are sleep disorders related to dental concerns diagnosed?
Dental sleep medicine specialists, like those at the TMJ Relief Clinic, specialise in the diagnosis and management of sleep-related disorders caused by snoring, obstructive sleep apnoea and TMJ disorder. Diagnosis involves a comprehensive examination of the mouth, teeth, bite and jaw position. Additional investigations including x-ray, MRI and CT scanning may also be required.
Have you been diagnosed with a sleep disorder?
If your sleep disorder is accompanied by snoring, sleep apnoea or the pain and discomfort of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, a specialist in dental sleep medicine may be able to help you.
For a comprehensive assessment of the dental treatment options available to you, book an assessment with us today.