Testing for Sleep Apnea and Other Sleep Disorders

sleep apnea

A large number of the world's population suffer from a condition known as sleep apnea.  In fact, it is so common that many physicians are able to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea using either an in-lab sleep study or a home test. These tests require a board-certified sleep physician who has both the training and the expertise in diagnosing and treating the condition.

Most patients who suffer from this condition do not seek treatment for sleep apnea since they are not even aware it is an issue they struggle with. Doctors do not normally detect it during routine office visits. However, there are two ways to diagnose sleep apnea. Either through a routine screening by the dentist or the patient comes in for a sleep study.

Why is it important to diagnose sleep apnea? 

Getting a comprehensive study and a diagnosis is important for people who find that they are not getting enough rest. Rather than answering the question, "did I get 8 hours?" The question that patients find themselves needing to ask is "how well did I sleep?" Many patients feel exhausted during the day but have no idea that they may be dealing with a serious condition.

The exhaustion that people feel, when suffering from this condition, is legitimate and one that people need to take seriously. People who do not get enough sleep and have to operate heavy machinery, like a car, put both themselves and other people at risk. We recommend that somebody who continues to feel exhausted, even after a full night's sleep, see the dentist about a test to check for this condition.

In-Lab overnight sleep study 

One way to test for sleep apnea requires that the patient stays overnight at a sleep center. There are sensors which are hooked up to various parts of the patient's body and record their brain waves, heartbeat, breathing, and movement. Doctors will typically recommend having a sleep study in a lab for more complex cases.

However, it is important to remember that any time there is an overnight study it is going to be expensive. Most insurance plans do cover some or all of these types of studies.

Home test 

Patients who have high risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea, but display no other medical disorders, can actually take an in-home test. This type of sleep study allows the patient to remain in their home, comfortable in their own bed, while a small monitor to collect data as they sleep. While the testing equipment is less complicated from that of a lab, the data collected is very similar.

This data will provide the doctors with a comprehensive understanding of the patient's in-home sleep patterns. With an in-home test kit, the patient will be required to take the device back to our office, a test center or send it in the mail for review.

Call for help

If you think you have this condition, schedule an appointment with our office for a medical evaluation. 

Call (636) 660-0490 today to reach Michael F. Grasso DDS.

Recent Posts

Sleep Apnea Treatment: 6 Facts

Patients who are afflicted with sleep apnea often experience a variety of symptoms during sleep, including snoring, irregular breathing patterns or even stopped breath. The condition can have long-term effects on the people who suffer from it, so it is important to know the facts to treat it effectively and improve overall health in patients.It…

5 Reasons Preventative Dental Care Is Important

Preventative dental care is critical. For most people, the word "dental appointment" brings anxiety and dread. There are many reasons why people feel this way like how dentists have been historically portrayed in the media or past bad experiences.The reality is that a visit to the dentist can save a person a lot of pain,…

Tips For Preventing Dental Caries

Dental caries is a result of tooth decay and yet, completely preventable with the proper oral hygiene regimen. People may not realize the tooth decay begins with an erosion of the tooth enamel that causes holes in the teeth. These holes are known as cavities. If we do not treat dental caries, they will worsen…

Treatment Options For A Loose Tooth From Your General Dentist

Loose teeth require immediate attention from a general dentist. Without treatment, the teeth can fall out, which would result in a need for replacement. Thankfully, general dentists have a lot of treatment options. Wondering what can cause loose teeth? Some of the more common reasons why someone would experience a loose tooth is because they are…


Recent Posts

Treatment Options For A Loose Tooth From Your General Dentist

Treatment Options For A Loose Tooth From Your General Dentist

Loose teeth require immediate attention from a general dentist. Without treatment, the teeth can fall out, which would result in a need for replacement. Thankfully, general dentists have a lot of treatment options. Wondering what can cause loose teeth? Some of the more common reasons why someone would experience a loose tooth is because they are…

Why A Cosmetic Dentist Needs To Remove Tooth Enamel Before Placing Veneers

Why A Cosmetic Dentist Needs To Remove Tooth Enamel Before Placing Veneers

Finding the right cosmetic dentist is important. Many dental patients do not realize that general dentists can perform cosmetic procedures, making it an easy process for any patient who is in need of cosmetic services to find a dental professional to assist them with their cosmetic dental needs. Ready to learn more about dental veneers?Learning…