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Misdiagnosing Sleep Apnea as ADHD

Do you wake feeling tired or struggle to concentrate throughout the day? These are common sleep apnea symptoms, a serious condition that causes you to frequently wake up throughout the night gasping for air. However, most symptoms of sleep apnea are often confused with those of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a condition that can affect your attention span, ability to focus, and thought process. This can make simple day-to-day tasks more difficult to complete.

It’s common for children who suffer from sleep apnea to be misdiagnosed with ADHD, as the two have similar symptoms. Fortunately, at Bay Area Sleep Solutions & Pain Center, our sleep dentist Dr. Goel can help you get a proper diagnosis and develop a personalized plan for treating sleep apnea.

Could It Be Sleep Apnea or ADHD?

Doctors who are unfamiliar with sleep disorders may misdiagnose your child with ADHD. It’s important to know their shared symptoms to better understand what your child may be suffering from. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Disorganization
  • Irritability and impulsiveness
  • Lack of focus and forgetfulness

Living with undiagnosed sleep apnea can have lasting health effects on the body. It’s crucial to understand the current symptoms so that Dr. Goel can accurately diagnose the condition.

Sleep Studies For ADHD Symptoms

ADHD can become more severe with sleep apnea. Researchers in one study found that 95 percent of people who suffer from sleep apnea experience difficulty concentrating throughout the day. A sleep study can help determine the source of your symptoms.

A sleep study can be done at home or in-office. During an in-office study, sleep professionals will monitor your vitals as you sleep, including your heart rate, oxygen saturation levels, as well as eye and leg movement. An at-home study is an alternative that consists of a kit that you can easily use in the comfort of your own home.

After you receive your results, you’ll contact our Santa Clara practice to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Goel. She’ll review your symptoms and recommend one of our orthodontic treatments so that you can get the restful sleep you deserve.

Improving Your Quality of Sleep

Whether or not you also suffer from ADHD, sleep apnea can negatively impact your daily activities and prevent your body from getting the quality rest it needs. That’s why it’s important to undergo treatment for the disorder and find relief from your chronic symptoms. If not, your condition may worsen over time and lead to further complications that can put your life at risk.

At Bay Area Sleep Solutions & Pain Center, our orthodontic treatments are designed to alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms in a way that’s comfortable and non-intrusive. Dr. Goel will help decide which option is right for you by examining your sleep study and symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does ADHD cause sleep problems?

ADHD can negatively impact your sleep, which is why it shares several symptoms with sleep apnea. However, many ADHD treatments include prescribed stimulants that wake your body up and cause further exhaustion. That’s why it’s crucial to undergo a sleep study to fully understand the root cause of your symptoms.

Can sleep apnea lower my ability to concentrate?

Sleep apnea can lower your focus and concentration throughout the day because your body isn’t getting the rest it needs. This can result in issues with memory, trouble staying awake throughout the day, and a general inability to concentrate. These can often be mistaken for ADHD symptoms, as some patients aren’t aware that their sleep is being interrupted.

Can sleep apnea cause ADHD in children?

Both sleep apnea and ADHD can cause a lack of focus, irritability, impulsiveness, and disorganization. Because children are unable to express these symptoms clearly, we recommend scheduling a sleep study if you notice any of the above signs. A professional diagnosis from a sleep specialist can help Dr. Goel give your child the personalized treatment they need to effectively target their symptoms, whether caused by ADHD or sleep apnea.

Can treatment improve my sleep apnea symptoms?

Treating your sleep apnea can improve your condition and promote your overall day-to-day life. Not only will your body and mind get the necessary rest they need to recharge, but you’ll also be able to protect yourself from further complications including hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and snoring. If you’re looking to improve your symptoms, Dr. Goel can recommend treatment that’s specified to your needs.

Get Quality Sleep By Visiting Dr. Goel

ADHD and sleep apnea are often confused with one another due to their similar symptoms. This can cause many dentists to misdiagnose patients who might be suffering from either condition. At Bay Area Sleep Solutions & Pain Center, Dr. Pooja Goel is an expert in providing treatment that specifically targets the cause of your sleep issues.

Don’t let sleep apnea prevent you from getting the rest you need. Contact our Santa Clara office to schedule an appointment either by calling (408) 549-1602 or by filling out an online contact form. Dr. Pooja and our team proudly serve patients residing in the Campbell, North San Jose, Fruitdale, and Robertsville, CA areas.



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