The home sleep study is the way in which obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is diagnosed and a suitable treatment recommended.
The home sleep study uses monitors to record breathing patterns, heart rate, leg movements, snoring and other vital signs.
The process of a home sleep study
Type 1 sleep study
This study is the most effective and known as a Polysomnography, which is conducted in a sleep unit.
First you are booked into the Sleep Unit by GP doctor or Sleep Physician. Dr Gibbins, will coordinate this on your behalf. You will more than likely need to see either of these doctors first on his referral
Once you are ready for sleep, the nurse on duty will connect you up to a series of different monitors. These monitors will measure your sleep and bodily functions as you sleep to form results which are sent to the sleep physician.
Type 2 sleep study
Guess what! This study is done in the comfort of your own home, where you will feel relaxed and comfortable.
You will have to set up the similar monitors to that of the sleep unit. However, you are in your own bed and should sleep more comfortably.
The type 2 sleep study, although still able to form a correct diagnosis, will not measure as many parameters as the sleep study carried out in the sleep unit.
Types 3 and 4 sleep studies
Type 3 and 4 sleep studies are also carried out in your own home, however they do not give a diagnosis, only provide the possibility of suffering from OSA.
Once you have completed your home sleep study, you will have to wait a few weeks to receive the results. These will indicate whether you suffer from OSA or not.
Using the results of the study, you will receive the most effective treatment option.
Sleep apnoea treatment at Dental Sleep Medicine, Cairns
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