Get the Right Diagnosis for Your Condition
ADHD can cause you to feel tired, irritable, and unfocused throughout the day. But did you know these are also symptoms of sleep apnea? Because they share so many symptoms, sleep apnea is often misdiagnosed as ADHD. It’s not always easy to determine which condition is affecting you, but taking a sleep test and reviewing the results with a qualified sleep doctor is the best way to get an accurate diagnosis.
Symptoms Shared Between Sleep Apnea & ADHD
Symptoms that have been linked to both sleep apnea and ADHD include:
- Short attention span/trouble focusing
- Memory problems
If you notice any of these symptoms occurring, you may be suffering from one or both of these conditions. Due to the multiple overlapping symptoms, it’s easy to get an incorrect diagnosis. If you have some ADHD symptoms that are prevalent but others that aren’t, we recommend you take a sleep study to ensure your condition is diagnosed correctly.
The Benefits of a Sleep Study
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleeping disorder that causes your throat muscles to relax, blocking your airway and interfering with your ability to breathe. This process wakes you constantly throughout the night, often without your knowledge, leaving you with minimal energy or motivation during the day.
Since it shares many symptoms with sleep apnea, your condition can be misdiagnosed as ADHD. If you’re given medication for ADHD and your symptoms don’t improve, try taking a sleep test to determine if you have sleep apnea.
Treatments for Sleep Apnea with Dr. Dailey
If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, we offer a couple of treatment solutions for you to choose from. One of these options is a CPAP device, which pumps a steady flow of oxygen to keep your airway open, allowing you to breathe freely.
Though CPAP treatment is effective for some patients, others find the machine too uncomfortable and inconvenient to use. For these patients, Dr. Dailey is happy to offer a mandibular advancement device (MAD).
An MAD treats sleep apnea by gently shifting your jaw forward to keep your airway open, while also preventing your tongue from collapsing and blocking the airway. We feature a variety of oral appliances at our practice, all of which are customized to meet your needs. Unlike CPAP, these devices are comfortable, minimally invasive, and easily portable.
Contact Dr. Dailey
If you believe you’ve been misdiagnosed with ADHD, or if you want to learn more about sleep apnea, contact our practice in Ann Arbor and schedule a consultation with Dr. Dailey. She’ll ensure you get a the right diagnosis for your condition and find a solution to treat your symptoms.