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SA Diagnosis

Diagnosis

A timely diagnosis will help prevent complications of sleep apnea. Your doctor may do a test with equipment you can use at home or suggest you attend a sleep laboratory.

What should I do if I think I may have Sleep Apnea?

Make an appointment to see your GP or physician who can assess your symptoms and refer you to a sleep lab or home sleep test.

Home Testing

If your symptoms clearly point to sleep apnea, your Doctor/Sleep Consultant may request a home sleep test. A VitalAire Sleep Technician will discuss your relevant medical history face-to-face with you and explain sleep apnea in more depth.  You will be given some test equipment to wear while you sleep at home.

Your Sleep Consultant or an independent sleep disorder healthcare specialist will review your test results to provide a diagnosis, treatment and further management recommendations.

  • Comfort during Testing

While some may find wearing diagnostic equipment to bed a little strange at first, most patients find the testing process quite comfortable and manage to fall asleep normally.

In Lab Testing

Your doctor may refer you for to sleep test in a specialized Sleep Lab if other factors need consideration, such as unclear symptoms or complex sleep apnea. The sleep laboratory test is performed at night during your usual hours of repose.

In addition to information recorded by most advanced polysomnography devices, a qualified Sleep Technician will supervise the test and make separate notes.

Your Sleep Consultant or an independent sleep disorder healthcare specialist will review your test results to provide a diagnosis, treatment and further management recommendations.