Do you think you may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)? It’s time to schedule a consultation for OSA in Charlotte, NC. At Carolina Sleep Solutions, we start with a consultation and help you get ready for a sleep test so we can officially diagnose you. There are both in-lab and home sleep tests. Which one is right for you?
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that means your breathing stops throughout the night. This is caused by the soft tissue and tongue in the back of the mouth collapse, blocking your airway. This is a serious condition that can increase your chances of things like heart attacks, strokes, and even death.
You may be suffering from OSA if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Loud, constant snoring that interrupts your partner
- Waking up with a headache
- Waking up gasping for air in the middle of the night
- Feeling groggy and tired all day, even though you thought you got a good night’s sleep
If you notice that you have one or more of these symptoms, it’s time to give us a call.
In-Lab Sleep Testing
While in-lab sleep testing is fairly common, it can be hard to do an accurate sleep test in a lab. You’re surrounded by strange equipment and people and not in your own bed. This means you might get less sleep than normal. The costs are usually much higher than one that can be done at home. However, they do have more equipment and tests than are able to be put into a portable unit.
Home Sleep Testing
For a home sleep test, you can do everything in the comfort of your own bed. Dr. Richard Van Gurp will give you a machine to wear while you’re sleeping. This keeps track of snoring, breathing, sleep oxygen levels, and sleep apnea incidents. It will be able to give a more accurate reading since you’re in a comfortable environment. This also usually costs less than an in-lab test.
Dr. Van Gurp will review the results of your test with a board-certified sleep physician. This physician will help validate the diagnosis and advise on what treatment is needed if treatment is needed at all. If it is, a personalized treatment plan will be created for your particular condition. If there’s a more serious medical condition, Dr. Van Gurp will refer you to a sleep physician for more tests.
The only disadvantage of the Home Sleep Test device is that it can’t collect as much data as one in a lab. There are some cases where this can lead to an inaccurate diagnosis.
Sleep Testing for OSA in Charlotte, North Carolina
When you come to your consultation, Dr. Van Gurp will talk to you about which test he thinks will be best for you. If you have a very complicated medical history, he may recommend that you do the in-lab test. Call us today or schedule an appointment online!