Sleep Studies are the Best Way to Diagnosis Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the airway becomes blocked and results in interrupted or obstructed breathing. One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is loud snoring. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, you may also experience restless sleep due to waking up frequently throughout the night, as well as severe daytime fatigue. This can not only make you feel tired, but can also result in changes in mood and behavior, as well as your overall health. Proper diagnosis of sleep apnea begins with contacting our Stratford, Guilford, and New Haven, CT, location so we can put you in touch with a sleep physician.
During a sleep study, the monitor will record your heart rate, oxygen levels, blood pressure, and other factors throughout the night.
During the screening process, Dr. Reza Radmand or another one of our sleep experts will provide a thorough screening of your medical history, as well as sleep habits. We will also review risk factors that could lead to the development of sleep-related breathing disorders.
What Happens During a Sleep Study?
A sleep study conducted by a sleep physician is the best way to properly diagnose sleep apnea. These studies are conducted at a monitored facility or at home and are required for proper diagnosis. If your sleep study takes place at a facility, a technician will attach electrodes to your body and monitor you throughout the night. Other devices will monitor your heart rate, oxygen levels, and blood pressure.
Sleep studies are typically conducted overnight. Although it may seem difficult to fall asleep in a sleep facility with so many devices hooked up, most patients are able to sleep long enough for the doctor to gather sufficient data for a diagnosis. The results of the sleep study are sent for analysis and will be shared with all the involved sleep physicians.
How a Sleep Study Leads to Diagnosis
Your sleep physician will analyze all the data gathered during the study. In this way, your sleep study could lead to a diagnosis of sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. In either case, your doctor will recommend an appropriate treatment modality. When appropriate, the sleep physician will prescribe oral appliance therapy and refer the patient back to Dr. Radmand or another one of our dental sleep experts. This simple, effective treatment is worn at night and is custom-fabricated for a comfortable fit. The appliance works by keeping your airway open as you sleep, preventing the obstruction that causes the interruptions in breathing.