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.”

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Can Sleep Apnea Be Cured?

There are currently no cures for Sleep Apnea but there are steps you can take to greatly reduce the effects and impact that Sleep Apnea may have on your daily life. Dependenting on the severity, the steps may range from loosing weight to, in the most extreme cases, surgery. But not to worry, there are effecting treatment options available.

What are my Treatment Options?

Lifestyle changes might be enough to help moderate cases of sleep apnea, but more acute cases will often require medical intervention. Getting the right amounts of exercise daily can help patients lose the weight that is potentially worsening their sleep apnea. Eating healthier, quitting smoking, and not drinking alcohol late at night are also factors that impact the ability to overcome sleep apnea.

For many years, the most commonly prescribed device for the treatment of sleep apnea has been the CPAP machine, although many people stop using it because of the noise and discomfort. This has led to a demand for alternatives to CPAP machines with new, revolutionary ways of treating snoring and sleep apnea. In fact, we’ve experienced far greater success with alternatives such as NightLase™ Laser treatments and/or Oral Appliances as seen below.