For years, the only way to diagnose sleep apnea has been through an overnight stay at a sleep center, where a sleep physician administers a sleep test; however, thanks to today’s ever-increasing technological advances, there is now an FDA-cleared wireless home sleep test known as AccuSom, which was created by NovaSom. NovaSom has recently paired with Verizon Wireless in efforts to ensure more reliability and accuracy in its test.
obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is said to plague almost 18 million Americans today. The test is a smart-phone-sized Type III cardio-respiratory monitor that is able to measure snoring, respiration effort, oxygen saturation, pulse rate, and respiration airflow – all factors that are taken into consideration when diagnosing OSA. The sleep test uses Verizon’s wireless network to maintain and transfer data collected during the test from the patient’s own home to a management platform the sleep physician has access to.
When compared to stays in a sleep lab test environment, most patients prefer at-home testing because the patient is able to undergo the necessary testing while sleeping in his/her own bed, which makes the entire diagnostic experience much less anxiety- and fear-filled.
Diagnosis Means Treatment
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea at a traditional sleep lab, or you’ve undergone a sleep study in the comfort of your own home; a positive diagnosis always means that treatment must follow. Sleep apnea treatments will differ from patient to patient, depending on his/her type of sleep apnea, severity, and so on. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment, patients should call or email Dr. Siegel’s office today.