Diagnosing Sleep Apnea with Sleep Studies Video

Shawn Ciecko MD ,Otolaryngologist, Medical School at University of Buffalo, resident in Otolaryngology, head and Neck Surgery at the Duke University Medical Center and ENTandAllergy Associate.
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Male 1: Do I need a sleep study to diagnose sleep apnea? Shawn Clecko: Sleep apnea oftentimes can be diagnosed by history. You can talk to someone and then they are tired during the day. They snore a lot at night. Their bed partner witnesses them stop breathing and you can have a very good idea that this person probably has sleep apnea but a post homography or a sleep study is the gold standard at diagnosing sleep apnea and what that tells us is yes, a person has sleep apnea or no, a person does have a sleep apnea but in those people who have apnea to give us a grade of apnea - mild, moderate or severe which then can allow us to dictate treatment to the patient whether it’s surgical or medical with CPAP and/or a combination of the two. Through a lot of places advertising do sleep studies, how we should know this is the palce you should go compared to some places just turn if you came on? There are you know…the best way is to talk to your anti surgeon, your pulmonologist or your primary doctor to see if they know who in the community has a good sleep center because generally speaking, these centers are certified and they have to be certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and so that’s the first step. The second step is I would investigate on you r own whether or not these centers do have a certification from the Board of Sleep Medicine. Actually, you have to meet some guidelines to be able to practice… Male 1: So it’s important like everything. You check out before you have it done. Shaw Clecko: Exactly. Male 1: it still is not inexpensive either? Shaw: There are expensive studies. There’s a great number of time that’s put into both reading the study and to taking the study. They measure EEG which are brainwaves, the CO2, the oxygen level, the breathing pattern. It’s a lot of each and the EKG, the heart pattern – all of these things are taken into consideration. Male 1: But sometimes, you do second study up for the therapist and initiate this struggles to improve. Shaw Clecko: Exactly, exactly…

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