Diagnosis of OSA
Obstructive sleep apnoea can only be diagnosed after undergoing what is known as a sleep study, or polysomnography.
In a sleep study, your body will be hooked up to a system of monitors and analysis tools that keep track of your oxygen levels, airflow, movement of the chest and abdomen, heart activity, brain, muscles and eyes. Based on analysis of these systems, the results will be used to form a diagnosis of OSA.
There are two ways in which sleep studies are conducted: internal at a sleep study clinic or using a take home study kit. The internal clinic test requires you to sleep overnight at a sleep centre where a trained professional will monitor you through the night. A take home test will mean bringing home all the systems, wires and machinery needed to conduct the test throughout the night. This will then need to be taken back to the clinic for analysis the next morning.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnoea and been recommended to visit a dentist for treatment, please contact us today on (03) 9354 7111.
If you think you may be experiencing OSA, or even just want help snoring less at night, speak with our friendly dental team and find out how we can help. You can also learn more about OSA at www.soundsleeper.com.au.