How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

Sleep apnea is diagnosed by a health care professional. Diagnosis includes reviewing the medical history of the patient. Also, the mouth, nose and throat are checked for possible causes of the sleep apnea symptoms. If there is indication of possible sleep apnea, the medical professional will schedule a sleep study. A full sleep study is done at a sleep study center or sleep laboratory, which may be part of a hospital. The sleep study is recorded using a polysomnogram which measures brain activity, eye movement, muscle activity, breathing and heart rate, movement of the lungs and oxygen levels. The sleep study will determine the existence and severity of the sleep apnea.

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Being Evaluated for Sleep Apnea