How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

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How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

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If you are showing signs of sleep apnea, your doctor may require you to take a polysomnogram or a sleep apnea test. This test can be done at a center for treating sleep disorders or even at the comfort of your home. According to Dr. Natalya Tsar of Tsar Dental Excellence TMJ Dentists, it is very important that you take sleep apnea seriously as the condition comes with a selection of terrible consequences.

A polysomnogram, also known as a sleep study, is a test that contains multiple components. The test records a range of specific activities that occur while you sleep. The recordings are then analyzed by a sleep specialist to obtain a diagnosis on whether you have sleep apnea or other sleep disorder. In the case you are diagnosed for sleep apnea, you may require further testing to determine the right treatment approach.

If you choose to have your sleep study at a sleep center laboratory, you will be given a private bedroom connected to a monitoring area. While the equipment may appear a bit alarming, most people don’t have a lot of trouble falling asleep. You can employ portable equipment if you choose to have the study at home. Surface electrodes will be employed to measure the electrical signals of your brain and to transmit them to the monitoring equipment. Belts placed around your abdomen and chest will record and measure your breathing. An oximeter probe which appears like a bandage will be put on your finger to measure the oxygen content in your blood. The other equipment employed include electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure brain waves, electromyogram (EMG) to measure facial muscle activity, electro-oculogram (EOG) to record eye movements, electrocardiogram (ECG ) to record heart rhythm and heart rate along with microphones to record snoring and a nasal airflow sensor to record the airflow to the nose.

These tests check practically everything that needs to be checked during the patient’s sleep and provides accurate physical information to allow the doctor to determine whether the patient has sleep apnea and how to treat it. The next step is to choose suitable treatment options and to proceed immediately.

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