Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea

Consultation with a sleep physician:

Our board certified sleep medicine physician can diagnose obstructive sleep apnea using clinical evaluation and using an in-center sleep study or a home sleep test (when appropriate). Our board-certified sleep physician has training and expertise in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea.

Our physician will need to know your symptoms. If you can, ask a partner or roommate or relative if they have ever heard you snore or make choking noises in your sleep or bring them with you at your first consultation with our sleep physician.

Keeping a sleep diary for two weeks prior to your visit with our physician or sleep lab. This includes information about what time you went to bed each night, when you woke up in the morning and how many times you woke up each night. This will help our doctor see your sleep patterns, which may contain clues about how to diagnose and correct your sleep problem.

Our sleep medicine physician will also try to determine if there is something else that is causing your sleep problems or making the symptoms worse, such as:

  • Another sleep disorder
  • A medical condition
  • Medication use
  • A mental health disorder
  • Substance abuse