St. Augustine Dentist Treats Sleep Apnea Part 3
Who has OSA? The only way to know for sure who has OSA it to take a sleep test. There are 2 ways to take it. 1) Go to a sleep lab. There you will arrive in the evening and they will connect about 12 wires, or leads, to you. Then you will sleep part of the night there, wake up, and go home. This is called a PSG. Doesn't sound fun does it? It's not, but it is the gold standard for accessing OSA. Some research has indicated that a home study or HST is just as valuable So option 2) HST is done at home in the comfort of your bed. We use the Itamar watch Pat 200. Only 3 leads are placed and a diagnosis can be made from the data. You St. Augustine dentist, Dr. Steven Freeman, cannot make a diagnosis of OSA, only a sleep medical doctor can. That is why we send the HST results to a sleep doctor so they can interrupt the results and we can rule out OSA. Click on our next blog for more OSA information.
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