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Finally, there is a diagnostic test that is painless and even relaxing. So relaxing, it tests you while you sleep. For years people have known that snoring is annoying and worse it leads to restless nights. We are not talking about the person you are sleeping with. They will make their own point in telling you. What we are talking about is that snoring indicates a blockage of the airway. That is what is causing the noise. For some people, just changing the sleeping position will solve the noise issue. For others, the blockage of the air way is indicative of a more serious problem. This is where a “sleep study” is prescribed by your doctor after he/she speaks with you. Your doctor is the person who will know if the snoring or waking up in the night is a serious problem. Your doctor may measure your oxygen concentration by using an oximeters. This small device clips on your finger, like a small clamp and senses the oxygen in your blood. First developed in the 1940s, the device is non-invasive (there is no prick to the skin) and measures the changing absorbance of light waves to determine the oxygen level in your blood.
This simple test measures your oxygen level and your heart rate. Lack of oxygen may also be causing a heart rate above the normal range as your heart has to work harder. Lack of sleep means you feel tried “all the time”, you don’t have the energy you once had. All of these things may be because of something called “sleep apnea”.
Sleep apnea is a deprivation of oxygen that causes the patient to stop breathing. This wakes up the patient sometimes choking or gasping for air. This condition not only disturbs any attempt to get a restful night’s sleep it also stresses the heart. The pause in breathing is called an “apnea”. Apneas can last from ten seconds to several minutes and may occur a few times an hour or up to 30 times an hour.
Vantage has become a leader in sleep studies, operating five sleep study centers in the region. Patients come to the sleep center, after being referred by a physician. They stay overnight in a comfortable bed room atmosphere with complete privacy. The patient wears a comfortable mask with sensors that will monitor the oxygen intake and detect any loss of breath. The results are sent to the patient’s physician who will review the results and recommend treatment as needed.
For some patients, it is the first time they have enjoyed a full night’s sleep.
For the future, Vantage is advocating a home sleep study as an initial screening test. Doing a study in the patient’s home would be the most convenient setting. The problem is that there have been too many variables and different factors in a home setting that could make the test meaningless. For this reason, most insurance companies do not pay for “home sleep studies”. Should home studies be available and prove consistent with results from a private sleep study center, Vantage is committed to offering this choice.
Whether it is sleep study needs or other concerns with your health, Vantage is your choice in bringing care to you the way you want it. Call Vantage at 814.337.0000 or the direct Vantage Sleep Service line: (877) 256-4904.