How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

Sleep apnea is diagnosed through a comprehensive evaluation that involves several steps. 

The process begins with a detailed assessment of your medical history, including any symptoms related to sleep apnea. 

A physical examination may be conducted to evaluate your airway and overall health. 

To confirm the diagnosis, a Home Sleep Study, (HST) or an overnight polysomnography study (PSG) in a sleep lab. 

This test measures various parameters during sleep, such as breathing patterns, oxygen levels, brain activity, and heart rate. 

The collected data is then analyzed by a sleep specialist to determine if sleep apnea is present, as well as its severity. 

A SLEEP STUDY and professional evaluation is crucial to receive an accurate diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

About the author 

Howard Hoffman

Hi! I'm Howard J. Hoffman, D.D.S. Actually, my patients and even friends call me Doc H. You may remember hearing me talking about conscious sedation on the radio, which earned me another nickname, "Miami's original sedation dentist." I am a member of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD).

Having practiced dentistry for over 45 years and working in Sleep Apnea since 1997.

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