We diagnose sleep apnea based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam, and results from sleep studies.
If you're a parent of a child who may have sleep apnea, tell your child's doctor about your child's signs and symptoms.
A sleep study is often done in a sleep center or sleep lab, which may be part of a hospital. Obstructive sleep apnea is diagnosed based on the number of apneas (cessation of breathing) or hypopneas (shallow breathing) observed per hour. Apneas, hypopneas, and RERAs (respiratory effort related arousals) are different types of sleep disturbances.
In order to accurately determine the frequency and severity of sleep disturbances, our practice will prescribe a sleep test, called a polysomnogram. A polysomnogram (poly-SOM-no-gram), or PSG, is the most common study for diagnosing sleep apnea.

Our office reviews the results of your PSG to see whether you have sleep apnea and how severe it is.
Your main sleep problem is daytime sleepiness and self-help hasn’t improved your symptoms. Severe respiratory related sleep fragmentation with a Respiratory Disturbance Index (RDI) of 55.6 per hr. In the morning questionnaire, the patient stated that he woke up 2 times for the restroom, did not remember any dreams, and that his sleep was the same as usual, including waking up at his usual time.
Let your doctor know if anyone in your family has been diagnosed with sleep apnea or has had symptoms of the disorder. You will go to sleep as usual, except you will have sensors on your scalp, face, chest, limbs, and finger.
The patient is connected to a device that monitors all respiratory activity including blood oxygen saturation, heart rate, sleep position, and breathing effort.

An Epworth Sleepiness Scale score of 15 does indicate the presence of daytime somnolence.
An overnight unattended polysomnogram is indicated to rule out the clinical impression of obstructive sleep apnea. A physical exam and medical history may be all that's needed to diagnose sleep apnea in children.

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