How can you know if you have sleep apnea?
Over 60% of people who regularly snore have some degree of sleep apnea. The vast majority of people who have sleep apnea are unaware that they have it. The only way that sleep apnea can be diagnosed is by an overnight sleep study.
The Sleep Study
The first step is to find out if sleep apnea is present and determine the degree of severity by doing a sleep study. In the sleep study sensors record and measure breathing, snoring, oxygen levels, brain activity, cardiac activity, body position and body movements. The results are evaluated by a sleep physician, with a diagnosis made for both the presence and severity of sleep apnea.
The Importance of a Sleep Study
It is important to determine not just whether sleep apnea is present but the severity of the apnea. The severity will determine what the best treatment is. It will also help determine how adjustments are made to an oral appliance or a CPAP machine in order to achieve the optimal benefits.
Home Based Sleep Study
Home Based Sleep Studies
Sleep studies have traditionally been done in a hospital. Advances in technology have made it possible to have an accurate sleep study in the comfort of your own home. SleepWise Clinic utilises the new generation units including the Alice PDX from Philips Respironics and the ARES from Watermark. The advantage of a home based study is that the patient can replicate their usual sleep in the comfort of their own bed.
Getting connected for the home sleep study
Our sleep technician will provide easy to follow instructions for you to attach the device and sensors just before you go to bed. Alternatively we can connect the sensors for you at our clinic and all you have to do is start the recording when you are ready to go to bed.
A sleep physician provides a diagnosis and recommendation for optimal treatment.