The Value of Sleep Studies

The Value of Sleep Studies

July 31, 2013 2:54 pm

Diagnosis is the Key to the Effective Treatment of Sleep Apnea


As obstructive sleep apnea becomes known as a serious health condition, more people are understanding the importance of seeking treatment. The first step in treatment, however, is diagnosis, and in the past this have been a relativity costly and involved process that required an overnight stay at a hospital or sleep lab to undergo a test known as a polysomnogram or PSG.

A PGS can detect not only pauses in breath, but also a host of additional information including blood oxygen levels, brainwave activity, central nervous system activity and other factors that may be indicative of obstructive sleep apnea or other rarer forms of apnea such as central or mixed apneas. and provide quantitative. The difficulties associated with sleep lab PSG testing include scheduling delays, distance from the lab and results that may be amplified by the patients discomfort from sleeping in an unfamiliar environment.

In recent years, an alternative form of overnight sleep study has gained acceptance. According to Dr Jerry Straus of the Center for Dental Sleep Medicine of New Jersey, home sleep testing may be suitable for a wide range of patients.

A home sleep involves the use of a portable monitoring system that is made available to the patient, who can then conduct the overnight evaluation in the comfort of their own bed. Dr. Straus is one of the growing number of dental sleep medicine professionals who can provide the home testing option as part of their complete diagnosis and treatment program, which may also include the use of dental oral appliances for sleep.

Home testing s used are effective for detecting obstructive sleep apnea, including blood oxygen saturation, heart rate, snoring and  breathing effort, but will not report other brain waves, sleep time and other related sleep disorders. TO learn more about sleep apnea diagnosis, treatment and the home testing option, visit