A sleep study can now be done from the comfort of a patient’s home. During the study, a patient’s respiratory effort, pulse, oxygen saturation, nasal flow and snoring are monitored to assess if the patient suffers from sleep-disordered breathing or sleep apnea. Traditional polysomnographies (PSG), done overnight in specialized sleep clinics, monitor neural activity (EEG), eye movements (EOG), muscle activity or skeletal muscle activation (EMG) and heart rhythm (ECG).
PCS utilizes the ResMed ApneaLinkTM Air for home sleep testing. On the night of the sleep test, the patient places the sensors on designated parts of the body to start the recording. The ApneaLink Air home sleep testing device detects apneas, hypopneas, flow limitation, snoring and blood oxygen saturation. It also calculates the probability of Cheyne-Stokes respiration (CSR) breathing patterns within the recording, allowing for an accurate differentiation between Obstructive and Central apneas.
The patient’s results are then further analyzed by one of PCS’s Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialists. Sleep study results will be reviewed during a follow-up office visit, where the physician will talk to the patient about the condition (if it’s present), its severity, its possible health effects and treatment options.
If you are interested in being tested for sleep apnea, please contact our office at (239) 985-1925.
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