With the proper diagnosis and treatment approach, most sleep disorders are easily treated.
Scheduling a Nocturnal Pulse Oximeter or Oxy test is a simple way to see if you may have sleep apnea. This test is used to screen patients before determining if further sleep apnea testing is needed.
This test cannot diagnose you.
A home sleep apnea test provides your doctor with information to diagnose sleep apnea. It allows you to sleep at home wearing equipment that collects information about how you breathe during sleep. You schedule an appointment to pick up the testing equipment and take it home to wear for the night.
You should not have a home sleep apnea test if you rely on Oxygen during your sleep or have certain medical conditions including pulmonary diseases, neuromuscular diseases or congestive heart failure
A sleep study provides your doctor with the most complete evaluation of your sleep. You will be required to stay overnight in our sleep center.
A sleep study, also known as polysomnography, records your brain waves, heartrate and breathing as you sleep. It also tracks your eye, leg and arm movements, and oxygen levels in your blood. This information will help your doctor make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
A split night, begins with diagnostic polysomnography, to monitor your vitals and movements. In some cases, members of the sleep team may perform a CPAP titration study on the same night as a sleep study. This is known as a split-night sleep study. The CPAP titration occurs in the second half of the night. This is usually only offered if the sleep apnea is severe and the diagnosis is clear.
The Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) checks for excessive daytime sleepiness by measuring how quickly you fall asleep in a quiet environment during the day. Also known as a daytime nap study, the MSLT is used to diagnose narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia.
The MSLT is a full-day test that consists of five scheduled naps. After the first nap trial, each nap trial should begin 2 hours after the start of the prior nap trial. This test is always done following a sleep study
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A CPAP titration study is an overnight sleep study used to properly set continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. CPAP is a common treatment used to manage sleep-related breathing disorders including sleep apnea, hypoventilation, and hypoxemia. Once you are diagnosed with one of these disorders, you may need a CPAP study before you can begin treatment.
If you’ve previously been diagnosed with sleep apnea, but have not found an optimal CPAP pressure, your physician may recommend a bi-level titration, also known as a BiPAP. A BiPAP may be more comfortable for some patients with higher pressure requirements because it has two pressure settings: the prescribed pressure for inhalation (IPAP), and a lower pressure for exhalation (EPAP).
If you’ve tried CPAP, but your apnea events were not eliminated, a bi-level sleep test might be right for you.
If you have been diagnosed with central sleep apnea or complex sleep apnea (CSA), you're physician may recommend a BiPAP ST or ASV titration.
ASV can encourage a more regular breathing pattern. By lowering the air pressure when you are breathing normally, the ASV machine helps avoid situations in which your brain decides to stop breathing based on the low levels of carbon dioxide in your blood. Since ASV also delivers air mechanically, it also helps treat obstructive sleep apnea events
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