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David Crumpton, DDS uses sleep apnea tests (also called polysomnograms or sleep studies) to determine if patients have this particular condition. These tests have multiple components in which we electronically examine certain physical activities during sleep. Then, we analyze the results to find out if a patient has a sleep disorder. Keep reading to learn more about the process for diagnosing sleep apnea from our Trophy Club, TX dentist.
Sleep studies usually record your activity for around six hours of sleep. The records generated normally include the following:
If we conclude you have sleep apnea, we can prescribe a treatment right away, but sometimes we need to conduct additional tests to figure out the best treatment option for you. We may end up referring you to an ear, nose and throat doctor, who will check for blockages in the throat or nose. It’s also possible for us to send you to a cardiologist or neurologist if we need to discern the causes of central sleep apnea
No. None of the devices mentioned above are painful, and we don’t use needles. We are able to walk our patients through a two-night sleep study at home, Many patients prefer the comfort of their own home to a sleep center. Also, a two night sleep study gives us more data to analyze and obtain the most accurate results.