Sleep apnea is usually diagnosed by a Polysomnogram (PSG) or sleep study. At the dental office of Dr. Cannilla, we work with HomeSleep, LLC®, the most advanced in-home obstructive sleep apnea testing solution. Your first visit to our office will begin with an assessment and questionnaire. We’ll discuss your specific sleep disorder before moving onto an airway assessment, where we will look at your baseline airway and collapsed airway with a pharyngometer, an acoustic measuring device.
Next you will be provided with a HomeSleep Testing (HST) device. This small device is worn on the wrist or chest and fingertip while sleeping in your own bed at home. In the morning after testing, the unit is sent back to the testing company, the results are analyzed by sleep physicians, and a report is made about the presence and severity of sleep apnea.
On the day of your home sleep apnea test you will need to follow these simple guidelines:
- Follow your regular daily routine
- Avoid napping
- Eliminate use of caffeine, particularly after lunch
- Go to sleep at your regular bedtime