Proper Diagnosis Means Accurate Care
If you frequently snore, feel tired during the day, and suffer from declining health, there’s a high chance that you could have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which the body stops and restarts breathing throughout the night. This may be due to an obstructed airway, a neurological issue, or a combination of both. Seeking a proper diagnosis can help us provide an accurate, effective treatment plan. Sleep apnea is determined through a sleep test as an accurate diagnosis requires certain data that’s gathered while you sleep.
Since most of our patients prefer not to spend the night in an uncomfortable laboratory, our expert sleep dentist Dr. Stern offers a convenient at-home sleep test. It gathers all the necessary data, while you sleep in your own bed at home. If you’re an Ohio patient in Lake County, Eastlake, Kirtland, Wickliffe, or the surrounding areas, and you’re worried if your snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, the experts at Snoring & CPAP Solutions can provide a proper diagnosis with our convenient at-home test.
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
There’s no blood test or similar diagnostic for sleep apnea. The presence and severity of the condition can only be determined by measuring pauses in breathing and monitoring your oxygen levels while you’re sleeping. When breathing ceases for at least ten seconds, it’s considered an apnea, while the partial loss of breath for that length of time is a hypopnea. Breath stoppage may last just ten seconds, but it can take three times that long for the blood-oxygen level to recover. This data is gathered via a sleep study.
A qualified medical professional will review the sleep study results, and determine your AHI (apnea-hypopnea index). This is used to gauge the severity of sleep apnea:
- Normal – Fewer than five events an hour
- Mild – Between five and fourteen events an hour
- Moderate – Between fifteen and thirty events an hour
- Severe – Over thirty events an hour
About the Sleep Test
You’re probably wondering, “how do I get a sleep study done?” There are a couple of options. One is to spend the night in a specialized laboratory for a full sleep study. For many, cost, convenience, and comfort may make this option prohibitive. Many people don’t sleep well in an unfamiliar environment, particularly the cold and clinical atmosphere of a laboratory, leading some patients to question the accuracy.
The alternative is an accurate home sleep apnea reading, using a small device that gathers data while you snooze in the comfort of your own bed. When it comes to a home sleep study vs lab, most patients prefer the at-home option, unless specific circumstances necessitate the alternative.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, at-home sleep tests are highly accurate. As long as you follow the instructions you’re given, your sleep test will be able to diagnose you properly. Despite being more convenient than a test at a sleep clinic, the take-home test doesn’t sacrifice much quality.
Your at-home sleep test will measure your heart rate, blood-oxygen level, airflow, and breathing patterns while you’re asleep to determine if you have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. Your test results are returned to your physician to be examined before a diagnosis is given.
To be tested for sleep apnea, you’ll need to see a medical professional to obtain an at-home sleep test. We offer these devices through our office, so you can conveniently test for sleep apnea. You’ll simply follow the instructions given to you with the equipment and sleep as you normally would while hooked up to the device.
Once you’ve conducted your at-home sleep test, simply return the equipment to us. We’ll ensure a qualified medical professional examines your results to determine if you have sleep apnea.
An at-home sleep test shows if you have a sleep disorder by measuring your oxygen flow, heart rate, movement in your chest and abdomen, and airflow. A physician can then examine these results to determine if you require treatment for a sleep issue.
In the case of sleep apnea, your physician will be able to see how many apneas, or pauses in breathing, you’ve had. They can then diagnose you with sleep apnea and determine the severity of your condition so you can receive the treatment you need.
Schedule a Consultation For an At-Home Sleep Test
If you struggle with snoring at night and feel you may be suffering from sleep apnea, an at-home sleep test is a solution for you. Our at-home sleep test allows Ohio patients in Lake County, Eastlake, Kirtland, Wickliffe, and the surrounding areas to sleep in their own beds while getting a proper diagnosis. Completed in the comfort of your own home, this test will let you know if you have sleep apnea and from there Dr. Stern can help find the perfect treatment option for you. Call our Lake County practice at (440) 833-6008 to schedule your free consultation. Or, if you prefer, fill out our convenient online form and one of our experts will reach out to you.