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Sleep Apnea At Home Testing

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that affects both children and adults. It is characterized by periods of breathing cessation (apnea) and periods of reduced breathing (hypopnea). Both types of events have similar pathophysiology and are generally considered to be equal with respect to their impact on patients.

The most common form of sleep apnea, called obstructive sleep apnea, is caused by the partial or complete collapse of the upper airway. There are several methods of quantifying the severity of the disorder such as measuring the number of apneas and hypopneas per hour of sleep (ie, the apnea-hypopnea index [AHI]), the severity of oxygen desaturation during sleep, or the severity of the most commonly associated symptom, daytime somnolence. The prevalence of an AHI of ≥ 5 was 24% in men and 9% in women aged 30 to 60 years in the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study. The prevalence of symptomatic sleep apnea (ie, AHI of ≥ 5 with excessive daytime somnolence) for men and women was 4% and 2%, respectively. The standard approach to diagnosis is in-laboratory, technician-attended polysomnography that monitors, at a minimum, sleep time and respiration. Polysomnography requires technical expertise, and is labor-intensive and time-consuming. Timely access is a problem for many patients, the majority of whom continue to have undiagnosed sleep apnea.

Heritage Medicine is now offering In-Home sleep apnea testing. Dr. Parker will diagnose your sleeping patterns and supply you with a device that you will take home and use that will monitor your breathing, sleeping and how much oxygen you are getting through the night. Bring the device back to our office for a final diagnosis and a solution to the lack of sleep you are getting.

Call us for an appointment or just to discuss this method in further detail.

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