Should I Get Tested for Sleep Apnea?
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer during sleep and sleep hypopnea is when a person has shallow breathing. Whether the disorder is mild, moderate or severe depends on the number of times a person experiences apnea or hypopnea per hour. If a disorder is to be defined as sleep apnea, the number of episodes per hour can be five or greater.
The most common sleep-disordered breathing condition is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the airways in a person’s nose, mouth or throat. The obstruction occurs when the muscles that control the soft palate and tongue relax. However, bone deformities or enlarged tissues in the nose, mouth or throat are other causes of OSA. If you have enlarged tonsils, for example, the tonsils can press down on your airway when you lie down to go to sleep, which can lead to a partial or complete blockage. Additional factors that can increase the likelihood of OSA are certain medications, drinking alcohol before going to bed, obesity and sleeping on your back.
Common Indicators of Sleep Apnea
Home Sleep Testing
Epoch Sleep Centers is proud to offer Home Sleep Testing to those who feel they may have Sleep Apnea. The process is quite simple and we’re confident you’ll find it to be a pleasant one. Here are some of the key benefits of Home Sleep Testing:
- Mailed Directly to Your Home at No Cost to You
- Can be Ordered 7 Days a Week
- Results Given in Just 7-10 Days
- Testing done in the Convenience of Your Own Home
If you’re interested in a Home Sleep Apnea Test Kit, contact our office today at (401) 541-9188.
How Does The Home Sleep Test Device Work?
Take a couple of minutes to watch this video on how to use our Home Sleep Test Device. In-person support regarding device usage is also available at our centers upon pickup as well. If you have any additional questions regarding the device, please feel free to reach out to our customer service team at (401) 541-9188.
ResMed ApneaLink™ Air Home Sleep Test
In-Center Sleep Testing
In some cases, In-Center Sleep Studies may be required. We do our best to make your comfort our priority. That’s why we offer:
- Comfortable & Climate Controlled Rooms
- Rapid Scheduling & Results
- 7 Day/Week Availability
- Consistent Device Monitoring
If you feel that you may be a candidate for an In-Center Sleep Study, call our office today at (401) 541-9188 for more information.