The Apnée Santé Home Sleep Test
A home sleep test is where you take a device home and sleep in your own bed. It is often preferred by patients and doctors because of the ease of sleeping in one’s own bed. Home sleep tests are recommended for patients with a high risk of uncomplicated obstructive sleep apnea.
Unlike other sleep clinics in the Montreal area, we guarantee that you will meet with a doctor to discuss the results of your sleep test. You needn’t worry about logging into a portal to download your results or waiting for your family doctor to give you the specialist’s recommendations. You can meet with the specialist in our local clinic. We give you an appointment when you come for your sleep study. It’s that easy.
Here’s what you can expect:
You will visit our clinic for a 30-minute appointment with a respiratory therapist (RT). We encourage you to come to the meeting with your partner since he or she can shed light on your sleeping habits. The RT will ask you questions about your symptoms, your medical history and they’ll evaluate your sleepiness. During your meeting, you will learn about sleep apnea and we encourage you to us ask questions.
We will show you how to install a small, non-intrusive device, which you will put on before going to bed. The device is pre-programmed to record sleep. We advise you not change your sleeping habits during this test as we want the recording to be representative of a typical night. The next day you or your partner will return the device to us. The data will be analyzed by one of our sleep technicians, and one of our respirologists (sleep doctor) will interpret the report and provide a recommendation. The results will be given to you in person by the respirologist at our clinic a few weeks later.
What are we measuring with the Home Sleep Test?
You will wear a nasal cannula that lets us monitor your breathing, which allows us to determine if there is a reduction or obstruction in airflow — that is, apnea events. It will also indicate if you are snoring, a common sign of OSA.
You will also wear a sensor on your finger, known as a pulse oximeter, that allow us to monitor your heart rate (HR) and the level oxygen in your blood. Reduction or obstruction in airflow is frequently associated with an increased HR and a drop in oxygen level which over time can lead to cardiovascular problems.
You will wear the small device on your chest. It will record your body position as apnea is often associated with sleeping on one’s back. It will also monitor the effort you make when you breathe.