Get Tested for Sleep Apnea in the Comfort of Your Own Home and Bed.
Snoring and 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. The snoring might be no more challenging than the noise itself. However, consistent, loud and heavy snoring has been linked to medical disorders such as high blood pressure. Obstructive sleep apnea is a severe ailment; the airway will completely close several times throughout the night. This, in turn, can drastically reduce oxygen levels in the body causing unsettling sleep. In varying levels, this can result in other unpleasant symptoms. To learn more on the symptoms and risks, visit our sleep apnea treatment page.
Because any sleep disordered breathing may potentially represent a health risk, all individuals need to be tested. This can be done by an overnight sleep recorder (Sleep Apnea home test) in their home or by a polysomnogram in a sleep laboratory.
How It Works
The Sleep Apnea Home Test (HST) is becoming the standard for diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is available to you at Stratford Dental and is a convenient and comfortable self-administered sleep test that was designed specifically for the diagnosis of OSA. This technology allows you to take a sleep test in your own home and in your own bed. The cost is much less when in comparison to an in-lab sleep study.
The Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES™) incorporates physiological data acquired in-home with clinical history and anthropomorphic data to determine the existence and severity of OSA. ARES™ has been cleared and approved for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The ARES™ is a sleep-wearable and wireless physiological recorder that worn on the forehead. This device obtains and stores up to (03) 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 and head position (accelerometers).
Sleeping in the comfort of our own bed in our own home is our natural environment. The advantage of wearing the ARES™ comfortably in home is that it provides a more accurate profile of the patient's breathing. There are audio and visual markers notifying the user when the ARES™ needs an adjustment. This feature increases the reliability of using the device in home. The ARES™ sleep apnea mask is conveniently small, allowing it to be securely worn in all sleep positions.
If you are interested in taking the at home sleep apnea test, give us a call to schedule a consultation. (630) 980-3880