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The Epworth sleep apnea test is a short and simple questionnaire in which you are asked to rate your likelihood of dozing off or falling asleep in eight common situations, such as riding in a car or watching TV. It takes most people about two or three minutes to complete; you can take the test and score yourself at home.
Although it is a quick and easy test, the results are very meaningful. It is used by healthcare professionals worldwide as an initial assessment of daytime sleepiness, to determine if a patient may suffer from a sleep disorder and how severely it is affecting their health and lives. Used at home, it can help you determine if it is time to seek medical advice.
The Epworth test is particularly effective in detecting sleep apnea. Dr. Jennifer Silver uses the test to differentiate sleep apnea from primary snoring. Whether your snoring is caused by sleep apnea or not, Dr. Silver can help you stop. However, his approach to treatment will be affected by the underlying cause. If the Epworth test suggests that sleep apnea is at the heart of your snoring he may want you to use the Apnea Risk Evaluation System™ (AREAS), which monitors you while you sleep.
If you live in the Calgary, Alberta area and snore or experience daytime sleepiness, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic today.
Dr. Jennifer Silver is a highly accomplished dental surgeon with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her educational accomplishments include deans honours list, an oral surgery award and best research project. Prior to this degree, she graduated with honors from Dalhousie University’s Dental Hygiene Program and worked in this field for 10 years.
The areas of dentistry that holds special interest for Dr. Silver include oral medicine and whole-body dentistry. She currently devotes time and resources toward helping patients with TMJ pain and sleep apnea, while continuing to provide general dentistry as well. Future interests include devoting time to additional oral surgery training. Jen strives to treat her patients as if they were family. She strongly believes in a multi-disciplinary approach for patient care. She is part of a large network of specialists that she trusts and collaborates with when helping patients.