In order to be diagnosed with sleep apnea, it is necessary that you undergo an overnight sleep study. Typically, the sleep study requires patients to stay overnight at a medical facility. During the sleep study, doctors would analyze your breathing patterns and make notes of any irregularities. This situation is often difficult and inconvenient to arrange, as it required patients to stay away from their home. Additionally, the costs associated with an overnight stay at a medical facility are often enough to dissuade patients from performing this necessary assessment.
Luckily, our dentist has an easy solution that can give you results without the aforementioned inconveniences. At Herndon Smile Design, Dr. Amirreza Rafaat uses the Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES), to determine your level of sleep apnea. This is a take-home device that allows our dentist and team to evaluate your sleep apnea.
The device is worn on the head like a baseball cap while sleeping. As you sleep, the ARES records data about your sleeping patterns. The data is uploaded to a database where medical professionals can evaluate the recorded information.
There is no need to stress about your sleep apnea study. If you want to learn more about using the apnea risk evaluation system in Herndon, Virginia, call our office at 703-464-0000.