The Different Types of Sleep Tests
By Bogan Sleep Consultants, LLC
June 09, 2020
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Sleep Tests  

If you suspect that you suffer from a sleep disorder, like 40 million people in America, according to the National Sleep Foundation, undergoing a sleep study can help. Here at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, we offer various sleep studies using advanced technology to ensure that our physician, Dr. Richard Bogan, can diagnose you accurately and provide the best treatment to help you sleep soundly and normally.

The MSLT or Multiple Sleep Latency Test

This is the standard test utilized for diagnosing narcolepsy as well as excessive sleepiness that isn't due to sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. It involves having the patient nap during the daytime for several times to measure the time it takes for the patient to fall asleep. In most cases, excessive sleepiness is caused by excessive leg movements or sleep apnea.

The PSG or Polysomnography Test

This test is used for recording brain waves, breathing, and heart rate during sleeping. PSG likewise charts blood oxygen levels, limb movements, and eye movements. It’s commonly used for ruling out or diagnosing sleep disorders like RLS or restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders.

The HST or Home Sleep Apnea Test

A self-administered and at-home sleep test, this is used for ruling out or diagnosing sleep apnea. The HST records your snoring, oxygen saturation, breathing efforts, and nasal flow. Take note that this test is usually recommended for generally healthy individuals and can’t be used on children, patients with severe and moderate sleep apnea cases, and those with underlying health issues.

The Split or 50/50 Night Polysomnography Test

Commonly used for ruling our or diagnosing suspect sleep issues, this test starts with a standard polysomnography for keeping track of movements and vitals during sleep. Once your physician here in our Columbia, SC, practice has enough data to diagnose sleep apnea, you’ll be placed on CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure. The test will then shift to titration for monitoring your positive airway pressure or PAP settings.

The CPAP Titration Test

For patients who have sleep apnea, this test is utilized for determining their optimal PAP or positive airway pressure settings, as proper PAP settings are capable of completely eliminating or reducing apnea events. Doctors typically recommend this test after health changes, including significant weight gain or loss.

The BiPAP or BI-Level Titration Test

In general, doctors recommend this test for people who have obstructive sleep apnea and haven’t determined their optimal CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure settings.

For More Details on Our Sleep Studies, Talk to Us

Call (803) 251-3093 to reach the Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, and arrange an evaluation with Dr. Richard Bogan.

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