Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder defined as pauses in breathing during sleep, occurring when throat muscles are relaxed. If you or a loved one snores, has restless sleep, wakes up tired, or has daytime tiredness, the board-certified specialists at Respacare highly recommend scheduling an evaluation at our offices in Bridgewater, New Jersey. By using a state-of-the-art device, our patients can undergo in-home sleep study testing to not only identify obstructive sleep apnea but also find an effective treatment to improve quality of life and reduce future cardiac risk. Learn more about how we diagnose obstructive sleep apnea in patients from throughout Somerset and Hunterdon Counties.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Its Symptoms
When an individual stops breathing repeatedly throughout the night, obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious health problem, could be present. Long-term obstructive sleep apnea that goes undetected and untreated could lead to consequences like an increased risk of arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), hypertension, and cardiac arrest events, including heart attacks, strokes, and congestive heart failure.
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the following symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, seek qualified medical attention at Respacare as soon as possible:
- Waking up tired
- Daytime irritability
- Problems with focus, memory, and concentration
- Fatigue during the day
- Loud snoring
- Morning headaches, dry mouth, and/or sore throat
- Awaking abruptly while choking or gasping
At-Home Sleep Study Testing Process
Respacare is proud to offer our patients an alternative to overnight sleep study testing based in a laboratory through an advanced piece of medical technology, which enables you to easily conduct your own sleep study from the comfort of home. With no special preparations required, patients simply place the device on their wrist and attach its probes to their finger and chest. It’s not an intrusive device, with no wires required to be worn on the head, and provides the privacy patients prefer with no cameras or physicians monitoring them throughout the night. What’s more, this sleep study device provides comparable results to that of an overnight laboratory sleep study, uncovering the following:
- Sleep onset data
- How many hours the patient was asleep
- If the patient snores and how loudly
- How many times the patient woke up
- Sleep position data (i.e. back, stomach, side, etc.)
- How many times the patient stops breathing during sleep
- Heart rate, oxygenation, and REM data
- And more…
These results provide a comprehensive look at an individual’s night of sleep and are used by our medical team to inform their obstructive sleep apnea diagnoses and form a viable treatment plan.
Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Bridgewater, NJ
When a patient is diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, our pulmonary and sleep medicine specialists will likely recommend one of two common treatment options:
A CPAP machine is worn by the patient while they sleep and helps provide constant airflow so patients can breathe and sleep better. It includes a nasal pillow/mask, tubing, and other supplies, and our in-house Sleep Educator meets with each patient to ensure they can operate their CPAP machine correctly and compliantly.
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs)
MADs are custom-fitting, adjustable mouth guards that open up a patient’s airway by keeping the lower jaw pushed forward throughout the night. They are considered a viable alternative for patients unsuccessful with CPAP therapy or for those who prefer a less-technological solution.
For more information about diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea with at-home sleep study testing or how the disorder is treated, contact Respacare today. We are accepting new patients from across Somerset and Hunterdon Counties and beyond.