Test Your Risk for Sleep Apnea

Are You Experiencing Sleep Apnea?

Knowing the symptoms of sleep apnea can help you spot the signs for a chance at early intervention. Diagnosing and treating sleep apnea in the earliest stages of development can help prevent subsequent health complications. Plano, TX dentist Dr. Mark Sowell offers innovative diagnosis and treatment options for sleep apnea.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Snoring interrupted by a pause in breathing, followed by gasping (sudden strong intake of air)
  • Daytime fatigue & falling asleep at inappropriate times
  • Loud chronic snoring
  • Trouble concentrating, poor memory
  • Depression, irritability or loss of sex drive
  • Headaches
  • Frequent nighttime urination
  • Dry mouth, sore throat or nausea in the morning

Do you think you may have sleep apnea? There are two evaluations you can take to see where you rank on the sleep apnea scale. Takes the Epworth Sleepiness Scale test and the Sleep Apnea Risk Assesment quiz to find out more about your risk of sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea treatment in Plano TX with Dr. Mark Sowell

Epworth Sleepiness Scale

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is used to determine the level of daytime sleepiness. A score of 10 or more is considered sleepy. A score of 18 or more is very sleepy. If you score 10 or more on this test, you should consider whether you are obtaining adequate sleep, need to improve your sleep hygiene and/or need to see a sleep specialist. These issues should be discussed with your personal physician.

Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0 = would never doze or sleep.
1 = slight chance of dozing or sleeping
2 = moderate chance of dozing or sleeping
3 = high chance of dozing or sleeping

Print out this test, fill in your answers and see where you stand.


Chance of Dozing or Sleeping

Sitting and reading


Watching TV


Sitting inactive in a public place


Being a passenger in a motor vehicle for an hour or more


Lying down in the afternoon


Sitting and talking to someone


Sitting quietly after lunch (no alcohol)


Stopped for a few minutes in traffic while driving


Total score (add the scores up)(This is your Epworth score)


Sleep Apnea Risk Assessment

Assess your risk for sleep apnea. The total score for all five sections is your Apnea Risk Score. Print out this questionnaire, write in your best answer for each question and see where you stand.

A. How frequently do you experience or have you been told about snoring loud enough to disturb the sleep of others?
1. Never
2. Rarely (less than once a week)
3. Occasionally (1 to 3 times a week)
4. Frequently (more than 3 times a week)

B. How often have you been told that you have “pauses” in breathing or stop breathing during sleep?
1. Never
2. Rarely (less than once a week)
3. Occasionally (1 to 3 times a week)
4. Frequently (more than 3 times a week)

C. How much are you overweight?
1. Not at all
2. Slightly (10 to 20 pounds)
3. Moderately (20 to 40 pounds)
4. Severely (more than 40 pounds)

D. What is your Epworth Sleepiness Score?
1. Less than 8
2. 9 to 13
3. 14 to 18
4. 19 or greater
Answer ______

E. Does your medical history include:
1. High blood pressure
2. Stroke
3. Heart disease
4. More than 3 awakenings per night (on average)
5. Excessive fatigue
6. Difficulty concentrating or staying awake during the day
Answer ______

If you answered 3) or 4) for questions A-D, especially if you have one or more of the conditions listed in question E, then you may be at risk for sleep apnea and should discuss this with your physician.

Schedule a Sleep Apnea Consultation Plano, TX

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