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For Those Already Using CPAP or Other Positive Airway Pressure Device Please  Read

Receiving your device and mask are the "somewhat" easy part.  Now a person must wear a mask on their face that is unnatural.  We have been told our entire lives to be as comfortable as possible when lying down to sleep, now we are asking you wear a plastic mask blowing air into your nose/mouth with a tube snuggled in bed with you.

Alternatives or fixes are available as you will see in the video at the bottom of the page.  The CPAP MacGyver I have seen many times in consultation, people will find a way to make their therapy as customized as possible.

Consumer goods are available and at reasonable prices and eliminate constant fixing or unattractive contraptions at your bedside.  Please use these products as they are extremely eficient and help keep you the patient on track with your therapy.

-Gabriel M. Trujillo, PSGT

RANDOM FACTS FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT!

Southwest Home Sleep Testing Provides The Following Services

Home Sleep Testing

    Home Sleep Testing or (HST) is an alternative to sleep laboratory testing, and it allows for the patient to perform the test in the comfort of their own home

The device measures:

the amount of oxygen in your blood

how much air you're breathing at night

your heart rate

and how much effort you put forth to breathe

    A HST is typically a third of the cost of a traditional sleep lab test and the information collected is consistent and reliable allowing our physicians to make diagnosis(s) of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome.  Our physicians may use the results of the test to help them to decide whether you need a full night sleep study in a sleep center.

Albuquerque Area

If your physician and yourself decide to use HST and you live in the Albuquerque area you can come by our office and pick up your device.  While you are at our office you will be trained by a Registered Sleep Technologist on how to use the device.  You will be provided with a 24/7 help hotline if something occurs during your testing.

If you live outside of the Albuquerque area we can still help you!

In lieu of an office visit the HST device will be mailed to your residence with instructions to watch the video provided and to call our office during the hours the instruction sheet dictates.  You will wear the device and if the test is complete, you will ship the HST device back in the box it was delivered in at no cost to you.  Once the device is in our posession we can download the data, and you will hear back from us with the results (typically 2-3 days after receiving the device).

The video below explains the process of Home Sleep Testing.  If you have any further questions please contact us, and we'll be more than happy to answer any of your questions. 

 

      If you or someone you know has been told they need a sleep test ask your Primary Care Physician about Home Sleep Testing

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Home Oximetry

Home oximetry allows your physcian to see how much oxygen you have in your blood at night.  This tool may sometimes be used to screen someone for sleep disorded breathing.  This device would be worn at night for 1-14 consecutive nights depending on what your Physician would like to see.



 

 


 Or if a person is using a therapy like CPAP the physician can see if a person needs oxygen at night in combination with CPAP.  Using this configuration physicians can evaluate your blood oxygen levels in a detailed report with your existing device.  This procedure could take 2-14 nights depending on what your physician needs.

 



Actigraphy

Actigraphy is the process of determining when a person is moving or sitting still.  This is used in Sleep Medicine to help understand a patients sleep wake schedule.

As an example "Patient A" goes to his/her Sleep Medicine Provider with insomnia problems.  The Provider can use this tool to better understand Patient A's sleep/wake schedule, and customize a treatment plan for Patient A.

Actigraphy uses accelerometers like the ones used in smart phones.  The device would be worn like a wrist watch 24/7 for 1-2 weeks and the report we interpret shows us activity and inactivity (activity being wake and inactivity as sleep).  These devices are extremely sensitive and detect the slightest movement.  Another example; Patient A get's home from work and sits to wat hisher favorite show on the couch.  The actigraph would still sense activity, but if Patient A falls asleep on the couch the actigraph would register this as inactivity.

As we sleep certain neurotransmitters are released eeping our bodies semi-paralyzed.  In dream sleep (REM) our brain is given a bigger dose of these neurotransmitters to keep us from acting out our dreams.

When the device is returned to us we can download the data and send it securely to your Sleep Physician.

 



CPAP Comfort Issues                       

If you currently use CPAP or another positive airway pressure device we can answer simple questions and for intensive needs we can send you to the right people.

So you know there are a tremendous amount of products available on the open market some work, others work so-so.  This segment from Good Morning America shows comfort devices for CPAP.  If you have concerns email us at maskissue@gmail.com, and tell us your problem. 

We will help you resolve your issue and this service is a courtesy.