All the signs may be there: loud snoring, a headache and sore throat in the morning, daytime drowsiness, and reduced alertness. But really, the only way to know for certain whether or not you have sleep apnea is to complete a sleep study. That’s why Dr. Mindy often begins her diagnosis of sleep apnea in Clinton Township with one of these tests. Read on to find out what you can expect from your sleep study.
What is a Sleep Study?
In simple terms, a sleep study is designed to measure how well you sleep and whether or not you have any sleep problems. While you’re asleep, you are most likely unaware of how you move and breathe. A sleep study examines these activities and others while you snooze comfortably.
How are Sleep Activities Measured?
Wired electrodes are attached to your head and body in order to monitor:
- Brain Waves
- Breathing Patterns
- Heart Rate
- Rapid Eye Movements
- Leg Movements
The electrodes stick much like an adhesive bandage, making the process entirely painless.
What Happens in the Sleep Lab?
A sleep lab looks quite different from what you would normally picture as a lab. These are more like hotel rooms that happen to be attached to a medical facility. Video cameras in the room record you while you are asleep. The room is dark and you can adjust the temperature to your liking. You can also wear your own pajamas and bring some personal belongings such as a book to read before you fall asleep.
Do I Have to Spend the Whole Night in a Sleep Lab?
Yes. The lab will need to accumulate at least seven hours of sleep study time. Most patients arrive between 8 and 10pm and leave between 6 and 8am.
What Happens with the Information from a Sleep Study?
A sleep specialist analyzes all of the data, which may total as much as 1,000 pages. The results are sent to Dr. Salzberg-Siegel who will review them with you and go over your treatment options.
What if the Study Shows that I Have Sleep Apnea?
If the results prove that your snoring and other outward signs are in fact symptoms of sleep apnea, then a comfortable oral appliance called a snoreguard will likely be prescribed. A snoreguard gently shifts your lower jaw forward, keeping your airway open for free breathing during the night.
A sleep study is nothing to fear and may be your key to a restful night. Call to schedule a consultation today!
Meet the Doctor
Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel is a family dentist in Clinton Township. We’re happy to serve patients from Sterling Heights, Macomb, Shelby Township, and beyond. Call us at (586) 480-1609.