Diagnosing Sleep Apnea With a Home Sleep Test

February 12, 2019

Do you have trouble sleeping? If so, then the cause may be obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which impacts up to 25 million people in the United States. In order to diagnose the issue, we don’t require patients to try and sleep in an uncomfortable lab setting. Instead, we help our Olathe, KS, patients with sleep issues using a home sleep test.

The Cause of Sleep Apnea

The disorder develops when the soft tissues in our throat and mouths become too relaxed as we sleep. When this happens, these tissues collapse and block airways. Partial blockage means loud snoring, as air forced through vibrates the soft tissues. A complete blockage actually causes the sleeper to stop breathing until the brain wakes him or her. This is an apneic episode and for some, this happens hundreds of times every night.

The warning signs of OSA vary, but tend to include snoring, waking suddenly in the night choking or gasping for air, dry mouth in the mornings, headaches during the day, and frequent daytime drowsiness even if the person slept the night before. Over time, untreated sleep apnea could mean a higher risk of depression, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack.

The Home Sleep Test

If one or more of the possible symptoms we looked at above apply to your experience, then you should talk to us about a diagnosis. We will send you home with a small device. As you sleep comfortably in your own bed, the device will take note of your blood oxygen levels and record any apneic episodes. We then look at these results to see if you require treatment. If so, we can then discuss the most appropriate solution to your sleep disorder.

Treating OSA

Sometimes, simple changes to your daily life helps, such as maintaining a regular sleep schedule, avoiding alcohol and caffeine before bed, losing weight, and sleeping on your side instead of your back. We may also prescribe an oral appliance. The nightguard-like device will be worn as you rest, moving the jaw forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissues. You then avoid apneic episodes and sleep throughout the night without interruption. If you have any questions about our at home sleep test, or if you think you’re ready to receive one, then contact our team today. Don’t let poor rest have a negative impact on your quality of life!

Looking for Sleep Solutions?

We want to help you rest easier and enjoy better quality of life. To schedule a consultation and discuss our sleep apnea diagnostic and treatment options, call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, and all surrounding communities.