The problem with sleep studies –
What are the problems with sleep studies?
(This is straight from our patients.)
It takes time to get one
Insurance denies your sleep study
Costly – sleep studies can be expensive
Typically, only one night
An in clinic Polysomnograph/PSG is not your bed or home
It’s weird to think of someone watching you while you’re sleeping
I don’t want to do a sleep study because I don’t want a CPAP
Testing equipment can be bulky and uncomfortable affecting your sleep quality
Sleep studies are not common after a procedure or starting CPAP – why is this so? We need an accurate way to get great data, and a lot of it, so why do we stop testing after a treatment is prescribed? The best way to know your treatment is working is to re-test.
If you only have one night…you may over treat or under treat. SDB can vary as much as 18-65%. Careful!
“I don’t want to do a sleep study because I don’t want CPAP.”
Not one profession has all the answers or treatments for sleep. Sleep issues are multi-faceted and sometimes require a team of medical and dental specialists to help resolve or improve your sleep problems.
The number one thing you can do is to get data.
There are things that you can do for yourself. Some of our current sleep problems are things that we can change right now, in how we go to bed and how we get up in the morning.
Simple things you can do if you think you have SDB
What things should I look for to determine if a sleep study is right for me?
Snoring, gasping at night
Dry mouth in the morning, mouth breathing
You feel that you don’t sleep well, and you could be more rested
How do I know if I have a sleep disturbed breathing SDB problem?
More than 80% of people who suffer from the effects of mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea are completely unaware. Because of this it is important to get good information about your sleep. We recommend an FDA approved home sleep study to start as it is much cheaper than an in-clinic polysomnography (PSG), it is in your own bed, and we get more than one night of data to look for trends.
Basing a sleep diagnosis on only one night can lead to under treatment or over treatment of sleep disturbed breathing.
There are a lot of symptoms which may indicate you suffer from interrupted sleep or SDB. Symptoms include mouth breathing, snoring, gasping episodes as well as daytime drowsiness. Other signs include headaches, especially in the morning, depression and anxiety, as well as chronic pain. Left untreated, OSA can lead to a wide variety of health risks including a reduction in your lifespan (you could lose years off your life). Basically, your mortality rate is much higher with untreated sleep disturbed breathing than those that do not have issues.
Your mortality rate is much higher with untreated sleep disturbed breathing than those that do not have sleep breathing issues.
Sleep Disordered Breathing and Mortality: Eighteen-Year Follow-up of the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort