Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a potentially life threatening medical condition. If you suspect that you suffer from the condition, our trained professional will conduct an examination and discuss the diagnostic screening process and options with you.
As a patient, we will complete an initial consultation followed by a referral to a sleep clinic for a sleep test. Upon recommendation by the sleep doctor of an oral appliance, we will review:
• your medical and dental history
• tooth, gum, jaw joint, hygiene, and radiographic examination
• a full disclosure of possible challenges and resolutions
Only a qualified Sleep Physician can determine if you suffer from any sleep disturbance. A
definitive diagnosis of sleep apnea can be made with a sleep study called
Polysomnography (PSG). This is conducted during a visit to a sleep lab, where a sleep
technician will monitor your sleep to determine snoring, breathing pauses, related oxygen
levels and leg movements. The test is then read by the Physician and either an oral appliance
or CPAP will be recommended.
Upon completion of the study and recommendation of a Health Canada approved appliance, the
patient will be fitted with the appropriate appliance. Once the appliance has been adjusted to the
patient’s optimum relief of symptoms, a home study can be performed.
With home testing appliances such at The ARES™, we can confirm that the appliance is relieving the patient’s symptoms as best as possible. The home test works best in moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.
Once we have confirmed the effectiveness of the appliance, the patient is then referred back to the Sleep Clinic for a full laboratory sleep study.
The advantage of using a home device is that it allows the patient to sleep in their own bed and get a full night’s sleep. This device is not as accurate as a full laboratory study, but allows for adjustment and confirmation of the appliances settings.