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What Is Sleep Testing? Hampton Roads, VA

hampton roads dentist for sleep apnea Dr. William Harper works with patients to coordinate and schedule sleep testing with your general practitioner. A physician is the only medical professional certified to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea and related sleep disorders. Sleep testing is an important part of making an accurate diagnosis and choosing the best treatment option for your needs. If you do not have a regular physician and would like to be tested for possible sleep apnea, Dr. Harper can work with you to determine your risk and recommend a local physician for a thorough evaluation.

Sleep testing can be conducted in two ways:

  • At home sleep testing: your doctor can order an at-home kit that will contain sensors for measuring heart rate, breathing rate, blood oxygen level and other details considered important in determining if you have a sleep disorder. Managed by the patient, at home sleep testing is not recommended for those with certain medical conditions or diseases or anyone who may be considered at risk for a range of sleep concerns.
  • In lab sleep testing: a polysomnogram is conducted in a laboratory setting and monitored by medical professionals. A comprehensive evaluation of a range of physical metrics, an in-lab study can be conducted for patients seeking a diagnosis for a sleep disorder or for those using a CPAP with minimal symptom relief or who need to adjust their use of the device.

Dr. Harper will work with your physician to obtain results from the sleep study and make a determination on how best to treat your sleep disorder. If results are inconclusive after an at-home sleep test, an in lab test may be recommended to obtain a more complete evaluation of your body during sleep.

If results show mild to moderate sleep apnea, Dr. Harper can work with your physician to provide recommended oral appliance therapy to treat your condition, working with you on an individual basis to monitor symptoms.