If these tests indicate a likelihood of sleep apnea, the next step is go onto a sleep study to get the definitive answer. This is something you can get at a sleep lab or we can provide you with our take-home sleep study device and you can do it at home.
We use the Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES) which is a miniaturized recorder capable of recording oxygen saturation, pulse rate, snoring level, head position/movement, and nasal pressure. The equipment is basically a headset that is worn during sleep. By combining physiological data, questionnaire responses, and expert pattern recognition software, the ARES is designed to provide an accurate and valid assessment of sleep‐disordered breathing.
You simply take this home, put it on before going to bed (following the instructions given) and go to sleep. You then bring it back to the office where we obtain the readings from the machine.
The sleep test results will then be read by a board certified sleep doctor who must make the medical diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.
If the sleep doctor determines you have sleep apnea, Dr. Grande will discuss treatment options with you.
Here is a video on how the ARES is used.