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Oral Appliance TherapyPreparing for Your Sleep Test in San Diego, CA

Sleeping man laying in bed, wearing a sleep test deviceSleeping man laying in bed, wearing a sleep test device

A polysomnography, generally referred to as a sleep test, is the only way to get an official diagnosis for sleep apnea. At West Coast Snore & Sleep Apnea Solutions, we offer a home sleep test that’s easy to use. It’s a convenient way to get a diagnosis so Dr. Henninger, your sleep apnea dentist, can provide the treatment you need for your sleep apnea symptoms.

A sleep test will get you started on the road to relief so you can experience a restful night’s sleep every night.

Our Home Sleep Test

Many of our patients choose a home sleep test using our wireless ARES Home Sleep Test System. This lightweight device is worn around your forehead, so it won’t restrict your sleep.

It’s easy to use the ARES Home Sleep Test monitor because you get to sleep in your own bed. You just wear it for two nights to provide us with the information we need. A qualified sleep physician will read the comprehensive results from your home test to determine if you’re suffering from sleep apnea.

Once your sleep test is complete, you’ll be provided with a prescription for the professional care you need to relieve your symptoms. If it turns out you’re not suffering from sleep apnea, Dr. Henninger is still able to treat your snoring.

Taking Your Sleep Test at a Sleep Center

Getting your sleep test at a sleep center will require you to spend one or two nights away from home. You can find sleep centers located at hospitals, medical offices, or as stand-alone establishments.

You’ll want to bring along your pajamas and personal toiletries as well as any books or other material you may wish to read. You’ll be met by your sleep technologist who will direct you to your private room and provide you with any paperwork that needs to be filled out.

Next, your sleep technologist will help you apply the belts, sensors, and electrodes that will be used to monitor a number of bodily functions while you sleep. They’ll also show you how to unplug your monitor if you need to get up to go to the restroom during the night.

Later, you’ll be contacted by a sleep physician who will review the results of your overnight sleep test with you.

Dr. Henninger: Your Sleep Specialist in Vista

At West Coast Snore & Sleep Apnea Solutions, expert sleep dentist Dr. Christopher Henninger will make sure you get the correct diagnosis and the treatment that’s right for you. To learn more, just give our office a call at (760) 666-6554 today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take my sleep test at home?

Yes! Many of our patients prefer to undergo a sleep test in the comfort of their own home. This allows you to feel more relaxed and comfortable while also providing us with more reliable data since you’re maintaining your typical sleep routine.

Our ARES Home Sleep Test System is completely wireless, so you can sleep comfortably and even get up to go to the bathroom without any difficulty. Once your test is complete, a qualified sleep physician will examine the results and provide you with a diagnosis.

What should I bring to a sleep center?

If you choose to take your sleep test at a sleep center, you’ll need to spend a night or two away from home. Make sure to prepare by bringing comfortable clothes to sleep in and any necessary toiletries, such as your toothbrush and toothpaste.

It’s also a good idea to bring a book, magazine, or some other form of entertainment to help you relax and keep you occupied during any downtime when you’re not sleeping.

How does the ARES Home Sleep Test work?

The ARES system is a wireless device that’s worn over your forehead while you sleep. It’s lightweight and minimally invasive, making it far more comfortable and convenient than most sleep tests. You can even get up in the middle of the night without having to worry about plugging or unplugging anything.

You’ll sleep with the device on your head two nights in a row, during which it’ll measure your snoring levels, head position, pulse, and blood oxygen saturation. Once the test is complete, this information will be sent to a qualified sleep physician who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis.

Can I get sleep apnea treatment without taking a sleep test?

Before Dr. Henninger can treat you for sleep apnea, we need to know for sure that you have the disorder. Some other conditions share common symptoms with sleep apnea, most notably ADHD, which can lead to a misdiagnosis and ineffective treatment.

That’s why we require you to take a sleep test and review the results with a qualified sleep specialist before we can provide you with any treatment. By getting a definitive diagnosis, you can make sure you’re on the right track and receiving safe, comfortable care that will produce the results you expect.