If you suspect you have sleep apnea, you should participate in a sleep test. A sleep test will determine whether or not your snoring, sleep-disordered breathing, or other sleep ailment is obstructive sleep apnea, and if so, what can and should be done about it in a personalized treatment plan.
Here’s what to expect from a Provincial Sleep Group sleep test:
1. 30-minute appointment at your local clinic
During your first appointment, one of our respiratory therapists or registered nurses will sit down with you to discuss your symptoms. They will review your referral form, or sleep quiz, and ensure you have been accurately pre-screened for sleep testing. They will then show you how to use the sleep recorder. You’ll leave feeling comfortable about the machine, how it operates, and ready for your two nights of sleep testing.
2. Two-night sleep test
For the next two nights, you will sleep wearing the sleep recorder that our clinician sent home with you. Two nights ensures we receive enough data to validate your symptoms, and ensures you are comfortable with the machine, resulting in a more accurate test.
3. Return your sleep recorder to our clinic
After two nights, you’ll return the machine to the clinic where you had your first appointment. From there, the clinician will download, save and verify the data from your two-night sleep test. Provincial Sleep Group then sends your test data to a respiratory specialist (respirologist) to determine your diagnosis. All data from all studies is sent for evaluation. The respirologist will evaluate the raw data, score the test as positive or negative for sleep apnea based on your two nights of sleep data. If the test is positive, you will receive a diagnosis along with a recommended sleep apnea treatment plan.
4. Review your test results
After Provincial Sleep Group receives the results of your sleep test from the respiratory specialist, the results will be sent to the family doctor that you indicated in your first appointment, and you will be contacted by our clinic to review your results and treatment plan. If you are prescribed CPAP sleep apnea treatment, this is the time that Provincial Sleep Group would discuss your care plan.