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 help you. He will determine your risk, symptoms, 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 for your convenience. The kit will contain detailed instructions that are important to follow to determine if you have a sleep disorder. It will also contain sensors for measuring heart rate, breathing rate, blood oxygen level and more. Managed by the patient, at-home sleep testing is not recommended for those with certain medical conditions, specific diseases, or anyone who may be considered at risk for a range of sleep concerns. Dr. Harper and your physician will go over instructions with you and be available for questions.
- In-lab sleep testing: a Polysomnography is conducted in a laboratory setting and monitored by medical professionals. In-lab sleep testing is 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. It can also be helpful for those who are already using a CPAP machine, 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 will be recommended. You will obtain a more complete evaluation of your body during sleep with an in-lab sleep study.
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. We always work with you on an individual basis to monitor symptoms, and administer treatments.