Sleep Apnea Lab Testing

Sleep apnea Image: webmd.com
Sleep apnea
Image: webmd.com

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition characterized by the periodic absence of breathing while a person is sleeping. Facial Beauty, is a cosmetic center located in Bellevue, Washington that offers consultations for people experiencing sleep apnea. Facial Beauty also offers medical services designed to treat this condition.

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can cause asphyxiation. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by airway blockage by the tongue or throat tissues. Most people who experience sleep apnea are not aware that they have a problem. The only way people find out is if their sleep partner notices an irregular breathing or snoring pattern.

The most reliable way to find out if a person has sleep apnea is through laboratory sleep tests. A patient spends a night in a sleep laboratory and is monitored by a technician or doctor while they are sleeping. The procedures of sleep testing include polysomnography, as well as video and audio recording.

Polysomnography is a diagnostic tool that uses small electrodes and other sensors on specific parts of the body. The device tracks data, which may include brain waves, eye movements, airflow, muscle tension, vital signs, and the amount of oxygen in the blood. Audio and video recordings are used to gather data on the sounds and movement a patient makes during the test.

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