Home Sleep Studiesin Bellevue, WA

How to Spot Sleep Apnea

Do you find yourself feeling fatigued and irritable in the morning? Do your loved ones complain of your loud, continuous snoring? If either of these sound familiar, you may be suffering from a common sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when muscles in the back of the throat become relaxed while sleeping. This causes a blockage in the airway and prevents you from breathing properly. As a result, your brain sends a signal to your body to wake up and gasp for air.

normal airway vs obstructive sleep apnea

What is a Sleep Study?

A sleep study is an evaluation of a person’s quality of sleep, including their resting patterns, to diagnose cases of sleep apnea. The study is typically conducted at an overnight sleep facility by a qualified physician. However, for your convenience, our sleep apnea dentist Dr. Donesky offers at-home sleep tests so patients can do the study from the comfort of their own homes.

A Gentle, Comfortable Alternative

During the consultation, if it’s suspected that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, we’ll help you in ordering a home sleep test. It’s convenient, accurate, and effective in assisting in the diagnosis of sleep-disordered breathing.

In the comfort of your own bed, you’ll wear the testing device for at least seven to nine hours while sleeping. The device is designed to measure specific factors including:

  • Eye movements
  • Snoring and body movements
  • Blood oxygen levels
  • Heart and breathing levels
  • Neuromuscular problems

After the sleep test is completed, we’ll send the results to a board certified sleep physician to interpret your sleeping patterns. A friendly member of our team will personally contact you to discuss your results as soon as we receive a diagnosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are common symptoms of sleep apnea?
I think I suffer from sleep apnea. What should I do?
How long is a home sleep test?
How can I prepare for a sleep study?
How do you treat sleep apnea?
What are common symptoms of sleep apnea?

Though snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea, not everyone who snores suffers from the sleep disorder. Additional signs of the sleep disorder to look out for include:

  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • Recent and sudden weight gain
  • Inability to focus/concentrate
  • Gasping for air while sleeping
  • Waking up with a sore or dry throat
  • Reduced libido
  • Lack of energy or motivation

If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, give us a call at (425) 646-6409 and we’ll schedule a consultation with Dr. Doneskey. He’ll review your medical history, give you a thorough exam, and determine if you would benefit from a sleep study.

I think I suffer from sleep apnea. What should I do?

The only way to find out whether you suffer from sleep apnea is to undergo a sleep study. We proudly offer at-home sleep studies for maximum convenience and comfort for our valued patients in Bellevue, WA. 

It’s designed to monitor your sleeping patterns for an accurate diagnosis by a board certified sleep physician. Getting a proper diagnosis is crucial for determining the best, most effective solution for treating your condition.

How long is a home sleep test?

Home sleep studies typically require patients to wear a testing device for two consecutive nights, monitoring at least seven hours of sleep. To make it easier, our Bellevue staff will assist you in ordering a home sleep test and explain the process to you in detail. We’ll also send the results to a board certified sleep physician for a precise diagnosis, so you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

How can I prepare for a sleep study?

On the day of your study, it’s important to try to follow regular habits as much as possible. This can help prevent your sleep schedule from being thrown off and invalidate results. However, there are several things you can do to better prepare yourself for an at-home sleep study. Dr Doneskey recommends:

  • Keep away from caffeine after noon
  • Eat a full, well-balanced dinner
  • Avoid napping on the day of your test
  • Eliminate distractions in the bedroom
  • Try to wind down several hours before going to bed
How do you treat sleep apnea?

Our Bellevue sleep specialist, Dr. Doneskey developed an FDA-cleared sleep appliance called the SilentPartner™ Treatment. It’s a high-quality, customized oral device that’s designed to effectively manage snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Patients often choose SilentPartner because it’s a simple, convenient, and, most importantly, a more comfortable alternative to CPAP. 

To learn more about SilentPartner, contact our Bellevue office at (425) 646-6409 or simply fill out a contact form located below. We’ll happily answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you’d like, we can also schedule a consultation so Dr. Doneskey can explain the many benefits of SilentPartner in person.

Get a Better Night’s Rest Today

Dr. Donesky is the region’s leading Oral Medicine Specialist with extensive experience in tackling snoring and sleep apnea. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact us at (425) 646-6409 or fill out the contact form conveniently located at the bottom of this page.

We’ll help you order an at-home sleep study to complete from the comfort of your own home. Take the first step to reclaiming control of your nights– give us a call today!