Testing for Sleep Apnea in Savannah, GA
Dr. David Oliver diagnoses sleep apnea by testing your sleeping habits in the comfort of your home. There are a few variations to sleep studies; Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) which measures how long it takes you to fall asleep. It also determines whether you enter REM sleep.
Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT) which measures whether you can stay awake during a time when you are normally awake. The last test is a Polysomnogram which records internal body functions during sleep.
What is being recorded for a home sleep test?
There are many factor that contribute to sleeping issues. The most valuable pieces of information include brain activity, blood oxygen saturation, pulse rate, airflow, snoring levels and eye movement. There’s no way for you to know these pieces of information while you sleep, so taking a test may be crucial for diagnosing your sleep apnea or other relates issues.
How is this information recorded?
Coastal ENT partnered with Watermark Medical and use the Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES™). The device is equipped to read this information. For instance, a nasal cannula which you place in your nose is connected to a pressure transducer, an accelerometer detects movements during the night and an acoustic microphone can detect snoring volume. The device is highly technical and can capture all the information needed to detect obstructive sleep apnea. You can see how you put the ARES device on.
Learn more about how to use the ARES:
If you would like more information on the ARES and home sleep testing, call Dr. David Oliver at (912) 355-2335.