Apnea Test

Apnea Test
SleepDisorderCure.net - Sleep apnea test is the medical test that should be had if you think that you are having the sleep problem. Actually, sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is potentially serious because the problem could make the patient’s breath stops and then starts again repeatedly. For those who always snoring loudly when they sleep may have the sleep apnea disorder. Besides, they also always feel tired even they have slept for a whole night.

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Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three main types of sleep apnea, they are;
  1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is the more common type of sleep apnea that occurs in the throat when the muscles relaxed.
  2. Central sleep apnea. This sleep apnea type occurs when the brain doesn’t produce signals properly to breathe controlling muscles. 
  3. Complex sleep apnea syndrome or also called as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea. This type occurs in patients who have central and obstructive sleep apnea in the same time.

Sleep Apnea Test and Diagnosis

The sleep apnea test is commonly done through overnight monitoring evaluation about the patient’s breathing as well as his body functions throughout sleep. Another option could also be a home sleep testing. The tests that can be given to sleep apnea patients are including;

  • Nocturnal Polysomnography. Throughout the test, some equipment will be hooked to the patient for monitoring his heart, brain and also lung activity, leg and arm movement, breathing patterns, as well as the levels of oxygen in blood when the patient sleep.
  • Home Sleep Tests. In this kind of test, the doctor may give the patient some simplified tests at home so the sleep apnea can be diagnosed. The tests are commonly including the measuring of heart rate, breathing and airflow patterns, and blood oxygen level. Someone who positively suffers sleep apnea will get the test results of the oxygen level drops and following rises with recognitions.

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The apnea test will make the doctor decide whether the patient have abnormal sleep or not determined by symptoms that led to the emergence of sleep apnea. If the test results are not normal, the doctor maybe will give a prescription of therapy but doesn’t give more testing. If the initial test shows normal results for the patient or no sleep disorder found, the doctor may also recommend another diagnosis method. Another diagnosis that can be had is polysomnography. This test will become the next test option if the portable sleep monitoring device do not notice sleep apnea disorder in all cases.

For the patients that get obstructive sleep apnea type, the doctor possibly gives the test to the ear, nose and also throat. The doctor will examine whether there is some blockage found on throat or nose. Meanwhile, for those who suffer central sleep apnea type, the test many be needed in a heart doctor or a cardiologist. Otherwise, the patient also can make an appointment to a neurologist or a doctor who specializes in nervous system. The first doctor may not find any disorder with his equipment but he may have another diagnosis related to the sleep apnea type. So, ask the doctor whether you need to have another apnea test in the specialists.

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