Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment Pasadena
How Do I Get a Diagnosis?
Sleep technology has come a long way, and methods to test for sleep apnea can now be done at home instead of in a sleep lab. When testing at home, you’ll get a sleep monitoring device to collect data while you sleep to later be analyzed by a sleep therapy specialist. The sleep study reveals how many times you experience hypopnea, which is shallow breathing, and apnea, the total stoppage of breath. These two events are examined to determine what is known as the apnea/hypopnea index, or AHI.
If you were told that you had an AHI score of twenty, it would mean that you were having periods of shallow breathing or stoppages of breath an average of twenty times per hour as you sleep. An AHI score of less than fifteen is considered to be mild obstructive sleep apnea, and a score of fifteen to twenty is classified as “moderate,” while an AHI over thirty would be ranked as “severe.”