Sleep Tests to Diagnose
A sleep test, called a polysomnogram (PSG), is the preferred way to accurately diagnose sleep apnea. In this test, your breathing, oxygen levels, heartbeat, and more are monitored while you sleep. The test will detect episodes when your breathing stops, determine how low your oxygen levels sink, and how much this affects other body systems. The sleep test will determine whether you have mild, moderate, or severe sleep apnea based on the number of your apneic episodes.
Sleep tests can be conducted in a sleep lab or at home using an ambulatory sleep test. We often use WatchPat, which is easy-to-use, relatively comfortable, and highly accurate. In fact, take-home sleep tests are nearly as accurate as in the lab tests in terms of breathing or oxygen problems. Both the home sleep tests and the overnight in lab tests are reviewed by a board certified sleep physician and the M.D. is responsible for the diagnosis.
Depending on your insurance company, they might not recognize the at home ambulatory sleep test as a diagnosing tool. On the other hand, some insurance require home study testing if the patient doesn’t have any other significant disease such as hypertension or diabetes. We may recommend a complimentary home sleep screening before we refer you to have a PSG or an at home ambulatory sleep test.
Once you have received your diagnosis, Dr. Roubal can discuss the right treatment for you such as the oral appliance or another CPAP alternative, these alternatives are discussed if you are concerned that CPAP treatment (most physicians first choice of treatment for their patients) wouldn’t be the right choice for you.
For more information, please call Dr. Roger Roubal at (402) 493-4175 in Omaha, Nebraska today for an appointment.