Sleep Study Clinic – Sleep Apnea Testing and Diagnosis
The sleep apnea assessment form along with a clinical evaluation will provide a guide for your risk of OSA. If sleep apnea is suspected, overnight tests are then ordered to evaluate whether you experience apneas during the night, which are associated with drop in blood oxygen levels.
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We offer pulmonary function testing, sleep studies, as well as a variety of home oxygen and home oxygen equipment. We provide high quality service to Edmonton and area.
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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea and is caused by complete or partial obstructions of the upper airway. It is characterized by repetitive episodes of shallow or paused breathing during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and is usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation. These episodes of decreased breathing, called “apneas” (“without breath”), typically last 20 to 40 seconds.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
Epworth sleepiness scale a screening tool for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Signs and Symptoms of OSA:
Unexplained Daytime Sleepiness
Frequent Heartburn or Gastroesophegeal Reflux Disease
Loud Snoring and/or Restless Sleep
Irritability, Anxiety, and Depression
Increased Heart Rate and/or Blood Pressure
Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
A person’s body weight is directly linked to having obstructive sleep apnea. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to have sleep apnea than those that maintain a healthy weight.
As people age their muscles begin to lose muscle tone. This is also true of the muscles in the throat. As throat muscles lose definition, they become weaker and more likely to collapse into the airways during sleep.
Some people can be genetically predisposed to having a narrower throat or may have an enlarged tongue that falls back into their airway. If your family has a history of OSA you are more likely to have it yourself.
Alcohol and/or Smoking
Smoke is an irritant to the lungs, throat, and esophagus. Smoking is known to increase inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airway which can further aggravate OSA. Alcohol relaxes the muscles in the body, and this includes the throat muscles as well which may relax to the point of blocking the airway during sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – Sleepiness Test