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IF ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS IS PRESENT, SLEEP APNEA MAY BE TO BLAME

 

  • Loud Snoring
  • Daytime Sleepiness                                                                                                                              
  • Witnessed Breathing Interruptions
  • Awakenings due to Gasping or Choking
  • Insomnia
  • Bed Partner Disruptions

 

RANDOM FACTS FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT!

 

OUR SPECIALTY IS SCREENING FOR OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA IN ADULTS

 

 Our company offers an alternative diagnosis of Sleep Apnea that does not require a person to leave their home

          The process involves acquiring baseline personal health and sleep questionnaire data acquired on this website

                If our physician feels you have a risk of sleep apnea you would be asked if having a sleep test performed                 in your home discretely, privately and comfortably is right for you

    

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO USE YOUR MEDICAL INSURANCE:

Using our services requires a referral from an MD, DO, NP, PA or DDS. The referral form can be found under the Providers tab.  

 

 

 

 

        HOW OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA OCCURS

The tissues that make up the upper airway are soft and pliable, as there is no cartilage or bone that keeps the airway open (this allows us to swallow foods without discomfort).  Muscles of the airway keep the airway open while a person is awake.  While asleep the muscles in the airway relax and this leaves the airway susceptible to narrowing and sometimes complete blockage.  With little or no air inhaled or exhaled,

1) the oxygen in the blood drops causing the heart rate to increase to get more oxygen out to the tissues

2) amount of  CO2 in the blood rises. 

In response, the brain must awaken in order to activate the muscle groups of the airway and thus open the airway to breathe.  These activations in brain activity or "arousals" fragment sleep.  This cycle of (sleep, airway collapse, wake, sleep, airway collapse, wake) repeats throughout the night. 

 

HOW DOES THIS MAKE ME SLEEPY? 

Below is what is called a hypnogram (sleep measurement) Sleep is like a staircase with different phases, light and deep phases.  A person has to maintain sleep to heal oneself, when sleep is interrupted those deeper more restorative stages of sleep are severely interrupted or are not maintained due to the severity of sleep apnea.

 

A person having an average amount of awakenings at night and attaining all stages of sleep. A GOOD SLEEPER :)A person having an average amount of awakenings at night and attaining all stages of sleep. A GOOD SLEEPER :)

 

 

 

 

WHAT TESTS ARE PERFORMED TO DETERMINE IF SOMEONE HAS SLEEP APNEA?

 

The Traditional Sleep Test

A Polysomnogram often referred to as a "sleep test" has been the gold standard in diagnosing sleep related breathing problems or apnea for decades.

It involves a person staying overnight at a sleep center where they are subject to sleeping in an unfamiliar place. 20-30 electrodes are placed on various parts of the body so the technician can collect all the necessary biometric data that is required. The staff do tremendous work and go above and beyond to keep your comfort a priority, however data has to be collected and that is the primary objective.

 

The major drawback is sleeping in a different place and sleep often eludes the patient, making the test slightly skewed.  When dealing with data it is imperative to keep outside influences from disrupting a patient's sleep.  If the bed is too stiff or soft, it's cold, it's hot; needless to say it's not home.  Add in over 25 electrodes with wires that record biometric data, a person does not sleep as well when in their own bed.

 

 

A woman laying down just prior to "light's off"A woman laying down just prior to "light's off"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gentleman wearing his Home Sleep Test in his own bed with his bed partnerGentleman wearing his Home Sleep Test in his own bed with his bed partner

 

The Home Sleep Test

Home sleep testing has been gaining ground since 2008, with an estimated 18% of all sleep studies being performed at home with a portable device.

In 2008 the FDA approved home sleep testing for the use of diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Since that time numerous devices hit the market, some not very functional.  Recent technology and the mineralization of components made the home sleep test very comfortable to a patient.

Many insurance companies embrace home sleep testing as a first line of defense in ruling out sleep apnea due to its low cost and reliability.

In the case of Home sleep Testing the treatment requires participation from the patient making it an experience the patient can engage in.  The recordings consist of a nasal cannula, a pulse oximeter on one finger and a belt wrapped around the chest.

The major drawback is the diagnosis is limited to Obstructive Sleep Apnea only.  Other sleep related problems require a traditional sleep test.

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