Dentist Uncovers A Hidden Medical Condition With A Simple “Sleepiness” Tool

No matter how long you sleep, you still feel tired. Daytime fatigue is interfering with your ability to enjoy life to the fullest. You never feel rested or “your best.” Conditions such as a compromised or restricted airway can cause you to stop breathing many times each night – and you may not even realize that your body is abruptly waking itself as an act of self-preservation. No wonder you feel tired all of the time! You have come to the right place for prompt treatment of these disturbing conditions. VIA Health Group in Canton, Ohio, starts with a thorough evaluation. From there, we can make recommendations to get you on the road to health and back to enjoying some quality ZZZZ’s.

“His wife was totally shocked. She had no idea that her husband was that tired.”

Do you feel tired often? Are you sleepy during the day? Do you struggle with fatigue?

Those are the kind of questions I recently asked a young mom who came in to see me about a dental problem.

She reported feeling a little tired sometimes, but dismissed it by chalking it up to being a new mom. But relying on self reporting is a problem.

Self Reporting Of Fatigue / Sleepiness Is Difficult

It’s unreliable. It’s very difficult for individuals to directly assess and quantify their own fatigue or sleepiness.

And because daytime sleepiness is a very common symptom of a potentially deadly sleep disorder (sleep apnea), it’s important that we take it seriously and quantify it the best we can.

Fortunately, we have a great tool to help us with this. It’s called The Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) questionnaire1.

But before jumping into the nuts and bolts of this questionnaire, let me share with you an interesting ESS result I had recently. 


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