To get an assessment for possible sleep apnea, you first need to see your GP. If your GP agrees that your symptoms could be due to sleep apnea, he or she can refer you for a sleep study. Sleep studies can be performed in a sleep centre or in your own home.. SomnoMed also can help you get started by referring you to a specialist to get the assessment you need.


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Sleep study

A sleep study is known as a polsomnography. It is a painless test that can be performed either in a sleep centre where you will stay overnight. Or in the comfort of your own home with a small portable sleep test unit.

Your doctor may prefer you to have a sleep study in a sleep centre as the test is more detailed. Staff at the laboratory will place sensors on your body to take measurements while you sleep. They may ask to film your sleep to gain more
insight into your sleeping behaviour.

Sleep Studies that are performed at home use a portable sleep test unit. You will need to pick up the unit from the centre and place the sensors onto yourself before you go to bed. Most centres offer this service but check with your doctor as to what type of study is right for you.

After your sleep study

After the sleep test, your doctor will receive the specialist’s report. The report will determine whether you have obstructive sleep apnea and how severe it is. It will contain information about your oxygen levels while you slept and
how many times your sleep was disturbed because of an obstructed airway. It will also determine whether you just snore, have mild, moderate, or severe obstructive sleep apnea.

If you do have obstructive sleep apnea, you can discuss with your doctor the best treatment options for you.

Already been tested and diagnosed?

If you’ve previously been tested and diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, there are a number of treatment options. You need to find the right treatment for you. If you would like to find out whether a SomnoMed device will be good for you, request a referral from SomnoMed and we’ll help guide you to the appropriate dentist near you.

Struggling with CPAP?

If you’ve had problems with a CPAP machine, or you’re looking for a simpler solution that’s easier to travel with, you may want to try an oral device like SomnoDent.

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