Screen for Sleep Apnea at Home
Sleep apnea can be a complex condition to diagnose sometimes. A first step in screening for sleep apnea can be accomplished with a Pulse Oximeter, which we will provide you with. You will use this to monitor your sleep for 3-4 nights. These results will be evaluated by Dr. Smith and can give him insight into your sleep patterns and the potential for Obstructive Sleep Apnea or other Sleep Breathing Disorders. If determined that you may have Sleep Breathing Disorders, Dr. Smith may recommend a Home Sleep Study or an In-Lab Sleep Study in order to properly diagnose your problem.
The at-home sleep screening is a small device that you wear on your wrist to gauge certain metrics, such as saturated Oxygen and Heart Rate.
Taking the At-Home Test
When you come in for an evaluation for sleep apnea or snoring, we will perform a sleep exam. If we suspect a sleep breathing disorder, we can provide you with a Pulse Oximeter that records your sleep data. You can wear the device for 2-3 days, and then we can evaluate the results and decide if you should consider a Physician Ordered sleep study.
That is the difference between the Pulse Oximeter and the Sleep Study. A Physician Ordered Sleep Study is the true diagnostic tool used for Sleep Breathing Disorders (such as obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, etc.).
Learn more about home sleep testing
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