Sleep Apnea Home Test

sleep-apnea-help-doctor-bloomingdale-ilGet Tested for Sleep Apnea in the Comfort of Your Own Home & Bed

Snoring & obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are both breathing disorders that occur during sleep due to narrowing or total closure of the airway. Snoring is a noise that is produced from the partial closure of the airway. This snoring might only be as bad as the noise itself, but consistent, loud & heavy snoring has been linked to medical disorders such as high blood pressure. Obstructive sleep apnea is a severe ailment that causes the airway to completely close several times throughout the night. This can drastically reduce oxygen levels in the body & disrupt the sleep cycle. It can also cause other unpleasant symptoms with varying degrees of severity. To learn more on the symptoms & risks, visit our sleep apnea treatment page.

Since any sleep-disordered breathing may potentially represent a health risk, all patients who snore need to be tested. This can be done with an overnight sleep recorder (a sleep apnea home test) at home or with a polysomnogram in a sleep laboratory.

How It Works

Sleep apnea home testing (HST) is quickly becoming the standard for diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) & is available at Stratford Dental! The sleep apnea home test is a convenient & comfortable self-administered test designed specifically for diagnosing OSA. This technology allows you to take a sleep test in your own home & in your own bed. The cost is much lower when compared to an in-lab sleep study.

The Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES™) incorporates physiological data acquired at home with clinical history & anthropometric data to discover the presence & severity of OSA. ARES™ has been approved for use by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

The ARES™ is a sleep-wearable, wireless physiological recorder that is worn on the forehead. This device records & stores up to three nights of sleep data. ARES™ measures the following data:

  • Snoring levels (calibrated acoustic microphone).
  • Airflow (by nasal cannula connected to a pressure transducer).
  • Blood oxygen saturation (SpO2).
  • Pulse rate (reflectance pulse oximetry).
  • Head movement & head position (accelerometers).

The comfort one’s own bed & one’s own home is a natural environment for good sleep. The advantage of wearing the ARES™ comfortably at home is that it provides a more accurate profile of the patient’s breathing. There are audio & visual cues to notify the user when the ARES™ needs adjustment. This feature increases makes it a more reliable at-home device because the patient can operate it on their own. The ARES™ sleep apnea mask is conveniently small, allowing it to be securely worn in all sleep positions.

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