Sleep Testing – Frisco, TX
Formal Analysis for a Clear Diagnosis
Recognizing the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or a sleep disorder is the first step, but to receive treatment, a formal sleep test must be conducted. Our team at Star Sleep & Wellness in Frisco offers both in-house and at-home sleep tests. Our sleep doctors will administer the sleep test, analyze the data, and provide an official diagnosis. If you are ready to seek the help you need to start sleeping better, call our office today to inquire about sleep testing in Frisco.
Reasons Why I Need A Sleep Test
A sleep study is a type of medical test that is required to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. If you are experiencing any of the following problems, a member of our team will likely recommend that you undergo further testing:
- Chronic fatigue
- Drowsy driving
- Chronic snoring
- Ceased breathing throughout the night
- Restless leg syndrome
- Inability to focus or remember things
- Frequent headaches
How an In-Lab Sleep Test Works
At Star Sleep & Wellness in Frisco, we do not want our patients to go far to receive the help they need, which is why we have an in-house sleep lab. We will provide the referral you need to go to our lab and undergo a thorough sleep study.
This process involves monitoring your brain and bodily activity while you are asleep. Our technicians will attach various monitors to your body that will retrieve the information needed, such as your heart rate, sleep time, apnea occurrences, sleep stages, and more.
Once you are awake, we will remove the monitors and begin to analyze the data. One of our sleep physicians will then determine if you have sleep apnea so that proper treatment can be administered.
Who Is a Good Candidate for an In-Lab Sleep Study?
Our team will recommend you for an in-house sleep study in Frisco if you are extremely overweight or obese, or if you have an extreme case of sleep apnea. Serious cases are better addressed with the help of an in-house sleep study because of the close monitoring of our technicians. The comprehensive analysis that is retrieved from the study allows our team to make decisions based on your needs so that you can get the help you need and start living a better life.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of an In-Lab Sleep Study?
The advantages and disadvantages that are associated with an in-house sleep study are menial when needing treatment for sleep apnea. Most patients want answers and help no matter the steps that are required.
But if you are unsure if an in-house sleep lab is right for you, here are a few of the following advantages and disadvantages:
- Lab technicians monitor your sleep, allowing you to relax and worry less.
- These tests gather additional data that can help diagnose more serious cases of sleep apnea.
- It does require that you travel to our in-house sleep lab, although it is not far from our office in Frisco.
- You must be connected to various monitors while asleep.
How a Take-Home Sleep Test Works
A take-home sleep test is an alternative option to our in-house sleep study and is often recommended for patients who express milder forms of sleep apnea symptoms. Our WatchPAT® ONE device looks like a watch and is worn on the wrist along with a finger probe and sensor attached to the center of your chest. Accumulating raw data throughout the night, the device can be downloaded to a smartphone app and transferred to the cloud the minute the test is complete.
Immediately, one of our sleep doctors can review the collected data and make treatment recommendations.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Take-Home Sleep Study?
Take-home sleep studies are recommended for patients who have symptoms of sleep apnea but do not possess the same serious health conditions as those with severe sleep apnea. We may also recommend this type of test if you struggle to lie still for prolonged periods or struggle to sleep comfortably anywhere than in your own bed.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Take-Home Sleep Study?
The advantages and disadvantages of a take-home sleep study can include:
- Immediate access to data by our team of professionals
- A portable option that doesn’t require multiple monitors or cords
- A small device that does not make sleeping difficult
- A disposable device that does not require you to return it to our office
- The potential for parts to become disconnected while asleep, which can create data retrieval issues
- No technicians will be monitoring your sleep to ensure the device remains in place