If you display symptoms of the sleep disorder known as sleep apnea and are thinking of undergoing a procedure, it’s best that you first receive an accurate diagnosis in order to rule out other disorders and issues related to sleep apnea. Oral & Facial Surgeons of Arizona recommends that you first undergo a sleep study test before going through with the procedure so you can manage your expectations and receive the treatment you truly need.
What Sleep Study Tests Examine
During a sleep study test, also known as a polysomnogram, your physical activities are recorded while you’re sleeping to check for unusually shallow breathing, abnormal pauses, interrupted breathing and other symptoms of sleep disorders. Once the test is complete, your results are looked over by a sleep specialist who will determine whether you have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, or if there could be something else that’s causing symptoms that mimic those of sleep apnea.
Advantages of Undergoing a Sleep Study Test
The main reason it’s best to undergo a sleep disorder test before proceeding with a sleep apnea procedure is to determine that you truly have sleep apnea. Imagine skipping the test and going through with the time, money and effort involved with the procedure only to have your symptoms continue.
Another reason a sleep study tests is a good idea is so you can be informed of whether you have other health complications that should be addressed. For instance, common risk factors for sleep apnea include:
- Being overweight
- Allergies, deviated septum and other nasal obstructions
- Having large tonsils
- Gastroesophageal reflux, also known as “GERD”
In addition to undergoing a sleep apnea procedure, there might be other measures you need to take to improve your general health in order that your sleep disorder doesn’t return, and to prevent other health complications in the future.
Peace of mind is another incentive to undergo a sleep study test. Even if you don’t display symptoms of sleep apnea, you may experience some of the effects of the disorder, which include:
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
Once you know the true reason you’re experiencing these effects, you may be relieved to learn there is an effective way to treat them with a single procedure that also addresses your sleep disorder. This can be especially helpful if you’ve tried various other treatments and methods of treating the above effects only to have them persist.
Get in Touch With Us
Think there’s a chance you may have sleep apnea and want to know for sure? Contact Oral & Facial Surgeons of Arizona at our Arcadia office at 602-957-0332, or at our Tempe location at 480-820-7400.