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When you suffer from poor sleep or related health conditions, you know the impact that a good night’s sleep can have on your overall health and well-being. Millions of Americans live with undiagnosed sleep apnea, so if you think that you may have symptoms, you are not alone. This condition often goes undiagnosed due to overlapping symptoms with other health conditions or barriers to testing and treatment.

At-home sleep apnea testing makes receiving an accurate diagnosis more affordable than getting tested in a sleep lab and allows our sleep professionals to provide an accurate diagnosis.

Sleep Better Des Moines takes pride in how we can treat sleep apnea, as we understand the impact that it can have on your health. If you are in the Central Iowa area, we encourage you to learn more about sleep apnea testing and diagnosis. Our experienced sleep professionals offer a dental approach to treating sleep disorders, with an emphasis on oral device therapy and lifestyle modifications to enhance your sleep quality.

The Importance of Testing and Diagnosis

Sleep apnea is a widespread sleep disorder with the potential to affect millions worldwide. Unfortunately, many cases remain undiagnosed, as its symptoms can be confused with other conditions or inadvertently overlooked.

Accurate diagnosis is critical, and waiting too long can be costly. An accurate and timely sleep test provides the following benefits:

Provide information required to make an accurate diagnosis

Offer an assurance that the right sleep disorder is diagnosed

Begin the first step towards treating sleep apnea

Collect data to be used in a personalized treatment

Diagnose a confirmation of sleep apnea symptoms

Why Use At-home Sleep Tests

Sleep labs have been a common method of diagnosing sleep apnea and other conditions. These in-person labs require being wired up to sensors and sleeping in an unfamiliar environment. In addition, these labs usually carry a high cost. We offer accurate at-home testing as an alternative.

In some cases, these labs still serve a useful purpose for diagnosing severe or unique conditions.

The technology offered today by the leading at-home tests is not only affordable and convenient – it allows you to test in an unbiased environment such as your own bed.
Here are some of the key reasons why you should use an at-home test:

Competitive cost:

Compared to in-lab sleep studies, these tests produce accurate results without the excessive costs required to pay for the expenses of an intensive sleep lab.

Convenience:

Sleep apnea is often undiagnosed because patients don’t find the in-lab sleep test feasible.

Accuracy:

The results of these at-home tests allow our teams to accurately diagnose your condition. Our sleep professionals administer these at-home tests.

Our Approach to Testing and Diagnosis

Sleep Better Des Moines provides a straightforward process to get diagnosed. We start with an initial consultation. We’ll ask you questions, complete a medical evaluation, and learn more about your symptoms. From there, our sleep professionals will send you home with an at-home sleep test. This data will be evaluated to put together an accurate diagnosis. For example, a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
An accurate diagnosis is essential for putting together an effective treatment plan. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, our team will mail you a sleep test directly to you home or pick up at our location.

At-home Sleep Tests

The at-home sleep test is a pivotal part of our diagnostic process. This method is non-invasive and hassle-free, offering you the convenience of monitoring your sleep in a familiar and comfortable environment. This test typically measures:

Breathing patterns

Blood oxygen levels

Heart rate

The at-home sleep test allows you to contribute to your diagnosis process while experiencing a minimal level of intrusion compared to labs.

Sleep Apnea and Snoring Diagnoses

You may be diagnosed with one of the following sleep disorders:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

OSA is the most prevalent form of sleep apnea. It occurs when the muscles at the back of your throat relax excessively, causing intermittent, partial, or complete blockage of the airway during sleep. This disruption in breathing can lead to a lack of oxygen in your body and awaken you from deep sleep to reopen the airway.

Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)

CSA is characterized by the brain failing to transmit the appropriate signals to the muscles that control breathing. Unlike OSA, which is typically caused by physical obstructions, CSA is a neurological issue that results in periods of interrupted breathing during sleep.

Complex or Mixed Sleep Apnea

Some individuals may experience a combination of OSA and CSA, known as complex or mixed sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea presents unique diagnostic and treatment challenges, often requiring specialized care.

Snoring

Snoring is a common sleep issue characterized by the vibration of tissues in your throat during sleep, resulting in noisy breathing sounds. While occasional snoring is typically harmless, persistent and loud snoring can be a sign of an underlying problem, such as OSA or other sleep disorders. Snoring often disrupts not only the snorer’s sleep but also the sleep of their bed partner.

Why Testing and Diagnosis Matter

Untreated sleep apnea can result in detrimental effects on your well-being. The symptoms of sleep apnea can significantly affect your daily life and relationships, contributing to symptoms such as loud snoring, frequent awakenings, and daytime fatigue.

Obtaining a timely diagnosis and comprehending your sleep health is a significant stride toward acquiring restful and revitalizing sleep. A well-informed diagnosis provides you with access to suitable treatment options, which can relieve symptoms, mitigate health risks, and improve your overall quality of life.

Schedule a Consultation

Our team of experienced dentists specializes in a dental approach to treating sleep disorders, concentrating on oral device therapy and lifestyle modifications, all of which enhance your sleep quality and overall health.

To learn more about sleep apnea testing and diagnosis and to schedule a consultation with our dedicated team, please contact Sleep Better Des Moines today. Your path to better sleep begins here.

Are at-home sleep tests effective?
At-home tests have been clinically proven to be accurate at diagnosing sleep apnea. In fact, they have become a widespread practice today. These tests offer industry-leading technology that can gather accurate information about your sleep health and any sleep apnea episodes. This test is usually required to make a diagnosis and can help your sleep professionals determine if oral device therapy is right for you. If you would like to learn more about testing, contact us today to schedule a consultation.