Sleep Test (Sleep Apnea Testing and Diagnosis)
Here you can find information to help you better understand your options if you are considering use sleep test to check for common symptoms of sleep apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. Sleep apnea can affect people of all ages, including babies and particularly people over the age of 40, those who are overweight. The most common symptoms of OSA include snoring, sudden awakening with a sensation of gasping or chocking, dry mouth upon awakening, morning headaches, daytime sleepiness, intellectual impairment, such as concentration difficulty, forgetfulness. Often the first signs of OSA are recognized not by the patient, but by the bed partner.
Signs that you may need a Sleep Test
- Breathing interruptions during sleep
- Wake up from shortness of breath, breathing difficulty
- Feel sore throat & dryness in the mouth when waking up
- Leg movement during sleep
- Need to move legs due to restlessness during sleep
- Have bad dreams
- Lingering fear from bad dreams
- Babble unknowingly during sleep
- Eat unknowingly during sleep
- Body movement driven by dreams
- Fall from bed during sleep
- Seizure during sleep
- Teeth grinding during sleep (bruxism)
1. Conservative treatments
a. Overweight persons can benefit from losing weight.
b. Avoid the use of alcohol and sleeping pills, which make the airways more likely to collapse during sleep and prolong the apneic periods.
c. Try to sleep in a side position. In some patients with mild sleep apnea, breathing pauses occur only when they sleep on their back.
d. Avoiding sleep deprivation is important for all patients with sleep disorders.
2. Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a preferred initial treatment for most people with OSA. With CPAP, patients wear a mask over their nose and/or mouth. An air blower forces air through the airways to prevent the upper airway tissue from collapsing during sleep.
3. Oral appliances (for mild sleep apnea)
There are many types of surgical procedures that can permanently correct snoring with apnea. Selection of appropriate procedures will depend on many factors, such as a patient’s conditions, decision of the surgeon.
Prior to having a Sleep Test, it’s advisable to consult a neurologist specializing in Sleep Medicine or other related specialist doctors –ear, nose & throat doctors, internists specializing in respiratory system. This will look into medical history and current health conditions before determining a degree of severity and an appropriate treatment option.
- This information should not be used as a substitute to consultation from a physician. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.
- The service center is Neurology Science Center of Bangkok Hospital Phuket.
- If you have any enquiry or want to make appointment, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com