Effective OSA Procedures at Sleep Disorder Center of Panama City
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a collapse of the airway due to such factors as a large tongue, extra tissue in the airway, or decreased muscle tone holding the airway open. As a result, air is prevented from getting into the lungs. These pauses in breathing can happen 30 times or more per hour. When healthy sleep is interrupted in this way, the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other serious health conditions may increase.
Do You Have OSA?
Key signs and symptoms include:
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Loud or disruptive snoring
Gasping or choking during sleep
Grogginess and morning headaches
Frequent urination at night
Depression and irritability
Large neck or crowding of the upper airway
What Happens If I Have OSA and I Don’t
Treat It Properly?
High blood pressure
Irregular heart rhythms or heart disease
Type 2 diabetes
Driving or working-related accidents
How Is OSA Diagnosed?
Discuss your symptoms with your primary care doctor or call and schedule an appointment with Dr Ramirez
The doctor will decide which type of testing is necessary for you. They will then order either a Home Sleep Study (HST) or an overnight polysomnogram (PSG). The results of these studies will let the doctor know if you have Sleep Apnea and to what degree
What Is a HST?
A HST is a small user friendly device that you pick up from our office and take home to perform a mini-sleep test in the comfort of your own home. This device is then returned to the office for download the next day. This is considered a pre-screening device, but will give our doctor an idea of what is happening with your breathing while you are asleep.
What Is a PSG?
This is an overnight study performed in our office. It is a painless and detailed evaluation to determine if you have a sleep disorder. During this test we will be monitoring your brain waves, your muscle movements, eye movements, your breath patterns, your heart rhythm and the amount of oxygen in your blood.
We place small electrodes on your scalp, forehead, chin and body using a thick cream like substance and gauze or tape. Elastic bands will be placed around your chest and abdomen to measure your breathing patterns. These sensors are connected by wires to a computer that records the data. These wires are very light weight and long, ensuring you will be able to move around in the bed.
A visit to the sleep center takes about 10-11 hours. The set-up process for the study takes about 45 minutes. The sleep portion of the study takes 6-8 hours. You will be scheduled between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm and you will leave at about 6:00 am.
How Do You Prepare for a PSG?
Shower and shampoo your hair. Make sure your hair is dry upon arrival. No hair products should be used in your hair prior to your study
Do not nap the day of your study
Do not use lotions or creams on your face or body
Remove your makeup
Do not consume any caffeinated food or beverages (coffee, team soda, chocolate)
Reach out to our experienced staff today to schedule an appointment.