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How do you fail a sleep apnea test?

How do you fail a sleep apnea test?

See response: Not sure what is meant by failing sleep apnea test; i.e., does that imply that apnea showed up on nocturnal study, or that you were unable to sleep and the study was inadequate? A sleep specialist can provide both guidance and assistance. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more


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Can sleep apnea tests ever be wrong?

Can sleep apnea tests ever be wrong?

Yes, it's possible: Most attended sleep studies (where you spend the night at a sleep center) are very accurate. The take-home types of study are helpful for screening, but not nearly as much data or accuracy. That being said, all sleep studies are flawed to some extent as we do sleep differently on different nights. Repeat studies are the best, but at additonal time and expense. ...Read more

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How can you get a sleep apnea test done?

How can you get a sleep apnea test done?

Sleep MD or DDS: Sleep testing for osa can be done either in a sleep center or at home. There are sleep medicine specialists, also called sleep physicians. Valid home sleep, studies can be arranged and conducted in the privacy of your own bedroom. Dentists involved with snoring can arrange a home test as well, and the tests are interpreted by a sleep physician. Ask your md or dds for a referral or a home test. ...Read more

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What should I do while I wait for my sleep apnea test results?

What should I do while I wait for my sleep apnea test results?

Sleep Apnea: Best thing would be to focus on diet and exercise
every 1 pound weight loss reduces the ahi or sleep apnea severity score
you can educate yourself about sleep apnea and options for treatment but wait for the confirmation before you start exploring treatment options. ...Read more

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What other things can a sleep apnea test tell you about your health?

What other things can a sleep apnea test tell you about your health?

Sleep Apnea: It can tell you about your sleep architecture, sleep onset, latency, efficiency, heart and breathing patterns, muscle movements, oxygen levels etc. ...Read more

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How can a person know if they have sleep apnea without a sleep test?

Typical symptoms: Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (osa) include snoring, witnessed pauses in breathing, snort arousals, feeling unrefreshed upon awakening, morning dry mouth, daytime sleepiness, tiredness, memory/concentration difficulties among others. Physical features such as being overweight, set-back chin (retrognathia), large neck are also suggestive. You would need a sleep study to confirm. ...Read more

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Did 1 night sleep test from home, diag w mod sleep apnea. How does one develop it? Can the cause of it be found and fixed? Oxyg 89% a few times.

Did 1 night sleep test from home, diag w mod sleep apnea. How does one develop it? Can the cause of it be found and fixed? Oxyg 89% a few times.

Sleep apnea.: The most common cause of sleep apnea is simply being overweight, although other conditions can contribute as well, such as hypothyroidism or even anatomic issues in the throat. Usually the cause can be inferred and addressed. In those who are overweight, losing weight can help sleep apnea go away. In the meantime, it can be treated with a BiPAP mask. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative sleep apnea test other than an overnight sleep study?

Is there an alternative sleep apnea test other than an overnight sleep study?

No: Questionaires are not very sensitive. The only sure way to know is an overnight psg (sleep stuyd). This can be done in the lab or at home. More and more insurance companies are moving towards in-home sleep studies in suspected apnea patients without significant illnesses like heart failure. ...Read more

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What is my next step to treating sever sleep apnea? I was made to sleep on my back only during my first night at the sleep center. It resulted in a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea but there was not time to test a cpap. Do I need to spend another night a

What is my next step to treating sever sleep apnea? I was made to sleep on my back only during my first night at the sleep center. It resulted in a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea but there was not time to test a cpap. Do I need to spend another night a

These: These are questions best posed to your sleep specialist. You should have had a post-sleep study meeting with your specialist where you would have been told the meaning of your results and been given a set of options. That is where you should have discussed your issue with sleeping own your back. It very well be that you have sleep apnea no matter in what position you sleep. Without seeing your sleep study results and having the benefit of a complete history and physical exam it is impossible to make a recommendation. ...Read more

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Is there any sort of self-test for sleep apnea, like an app?

Is there any sort of self-test for sleep apnea, like an app?

No: One needsto be tested to diagnose sleep apnea by either an outpatient overnight test or testing in a sleep lab. ...Read more

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I have a loud snoring every night, I failed sleep apnea test! What is the medicine?

I have a loud snoring every night, I failed sleep apnea test! What is the medicine?

CPAP: You are describing a diagnosis of sleep apnea. Snoring is a sign that your airways are collapsing when you go to sleep, so you cannot get air to your lungs even when you try. The best fix is to apply pressure thru a mask, to keep the airways open so you can breathe. This is called cpap. Weight loss, oral appliances, and surgery are adjunctive options. ...Read more

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Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea? What causes death? Is it preventable? What test do you need to have run on you?

Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea? What causes death? Is it preventable? What test do you need to have run on you?

Obstructive: Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic condition that is tough on your body. It happens when your airway closes off as you sleep causing disrupted sleep, snoring and fatigue and sleepiness the next day. Osa causes early mortality due to the chronic low oxygen levels at night and causes heart and lung disease and contributes to memory problems.

It is diagnosed in a sleep clinic where you check in at night, sleep in their bed with monitors on your arms, legs, head and chest for the night. If you have obvious osa they will often wake you and put a CPAP device on you to see if it helps you keep your airway open on that same night.

Cpap is a device that you wear under your nose or on your face like a mask and it helps put continuous airway pressure to keep your airway from closing.

Folks with osa describe feeling tired all the time "like I am walking through mud". They fall asleep at the wheel driving and get high blood pressure.

The diagnostic test is easy and just takes one night to help decide if this is a problem for you. ...Read more

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What happens if central. Sleep apnea goes untreated? I had a sleep study and can't tolerate the cpap. I'm so scared. What test should I have?

What happens if central. Sleep apnea goes untreated? I had a sleep study and can't tolerate the cpap. I'm so scared. What test should I have?

Try again: Sleep apnea can cause a fair number of problems over the years. Getting used to a CPAP takes time and you need to work with your respiratory therapist to get the appropriate fitting. If you absolutely cannot use the CPAP surgery may need to be considered but should be the last resort. Sleep apnea should not be ignored ...Read more

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Will be 2 weeks went down from 60 to 40 cymbalta (duloxetine).Tomorrow going to 30.Think I'm in right direction. Sleep apnea test wed nite will decrease matter?

I'm really concerned: That you are using on line doctors to direct your care rather than the prescribing provider. It may seem thrifty - but it isn't the medically sound avenue. ...Read more

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What type of doctor should you see to be tests for sleep apnea?

Your regular Dr: While
the specialists in sleep medicine handle really tough cases and read sleep studies your regular dr can order the tests. ...Read more

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Can you have sleep apnea and narcolepsy? What is the test for narcolepsy?

Can you have sleep apnea and narcolepsy? What is the test for narcolepsy?

SEE A SPECIALIST: Narcolepsy and sleep apnea are sleep disorders with different origins. I would see a sleep specialist, such as a pulmonologist, who can give you the answers to your questions. ...Read more

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Does anyone know where I can get a free sleep study to test for sleep apnea?

Does anyone know where I can get a free sleep study to test for sleep apnea?

No: If you are indigent you might be given a deal but then you would probably qualify for state aid that would cover it.
If you pay cash they usually cut deals too and offer payment plans but are not often free. ...Read more

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my obstructive sleep apnea?

Primary care: Patients can start with there primary care doctor, who can screen for sleep apnea and order a sleep test. The test itself is read usually by a sleep specialist. Sleep specialists can be found in many specialties. Often they are pulmonologists (lung doctors) because the therapy involves a machine that affects the air pressure in the airway. Still neurologists, and ENT doctors often have an interest. ...Read more

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I have a sleep study Monday for sleep apnea/ a fib, what tests will the do before sleep study?

I have a sleep study Monday for sleep apnea/ a fib, what tests will the do before sleep study?

During the study: The study is likely to include an ekg and rhythm amd breathing monitoring, plus most important your pulse oximetry (oxygen saturation in the blood). Pre and post blood pressure is also usually obtained. ...Read more

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Should I get a home sleep test or an in-lab test for adult obstructive sleep apnea?

Should I get a home sleep test or an in-lab test for adult obstructive sleep apnea?

Varies case by case: A sleep-lab overnight study gathers lots of information, but is very expensive, and tests the patient outside of his normal routine. The home sleep study collects basic information, but is much cheaper, so can be done on many more people, plus it tests patients in their own beds. The decision is made case by case, but sometimes the cheaper study is done first, to see if it alone gives enough info. ...Read more

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When you go for a sleep apnea test is it ok to use nasonex (mometasone) and Zantac that day...Or will it give a false reading?

Fine: These should not be a problem. Sleep studies evaluate multiple factors which can effect sleep, including leg movement, as well as the quality and quantity of your sleep itself. Sleep apnea will not be masked by either Nasonex (mometasone) or zantac. ...Read more

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I have trouble waking up in the morning. I'm groggy and irritable. I think I might have sleep apnea. How do I test myself for this?

I have trouble waking up in the morning. I'm groggy and irritable. I think I might have sleep apnea. How do I test myself for this?

Groggy & irritable: Wheather you have sleep apnea or not it is good to see your doctor for complete physical exam & blood work, if your doctor suspect sleep apnea he will send you to a sleep study lab where you spend the night & you get monitered & recorded through the night while you are asleep. Good luck ...Read more

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My fiance sleeps a lot! Had sleep test, no sleep apnea. Takes anti depresent meds and iron pills for animia. What could b the problem?

My fiance sleeps a lot! Had sleep test, no sleep apnea. Takes anti depresent meds and iron pills for animia. What could b the problem?

Depression: In the absence of an obstructive sleep disorder, excessive sleeping is strongly correlated with depression. Would consult md to see about iron levels as well. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with Central sleep apnea. On cpap for now but what other tests or drs should I see to find out the cause. Heart has been ruled out.

Just diagnosed with Central sleep apnea. On cpap for now but what other tests or drs should I see to find out the cause. Heart has been ruled out.

Several: Central Sleep apnea by definition emanates from the brain therefore, a neurologist or neuro sleep specialist may be the optimal specialist to speak with in order to try and discern a specific cause although often times exhaustive searching finds little to nothing in terms of ORIGIN. If you'd like to set up a private consultation please write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/dr-drsaghafi ...Read more

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Is there anyway to test for sleep apnea without sleeping in lab?

Is there anyway to test for sleep apnea without sleeping in lab?

No: Excessive sleepiness by day. Often it is the spouse that spots the apneas but many people do not have any idea that they have sleep apnea. I have become pretty certain that the underlying cause is bad diet. See my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" that you can google. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sleep apnea? How can I have my doctor test for it? Please tell me specific symptoms and tests. Thank you very much.

Polysomnogram: This sleep study gives the sleep physician much information. It can be done in a sleep center or with an at home test. It will also be used to make treatment recommendations and judge the effectiveness of treatment. The md will prescribe cpap, but other effective options include mad, mandibular advancement devices, prescribed and fit by a trained dentist. ...Read more

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I'm overweight and I've been told that I snore. At what point would it be indicated for me to get a sleep study to test for sleep apnea?

When doctor says so: You don't decide, your doctor decides. If you're concerned, see a sleep specialist. There are several ways that (s)he can assess the likelihood of OSA during an office visit. Respect your doctor by acknowledging his/her expertise as a clinical diagnostician. That's what (s)he's trained for. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

A condition in which you stop breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more