What is an at-home sleep test?

An at-home sleep test, also known as a home sleep apnea test (HSAT) or home sleep test (HST), is a non-invasive overnight test conducted at home rather than at a sleep lab. This testing method accurately diagnoses obstructive sleep apnea for many individuals, providing a convenient alternative to traditional in-lab “polysomnography” or “sleep study” performed at a specially equipped lab. The test measures various factors that help our team assess whether a person has sleep apnea.

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How does it work?

When undergoing an at-home sleep test, you will receive specialized equipment and instructions from our medical team. This equipment is designed to monitor specific sleep-related parameters while you sleep comfortably in your own bed. Our sleep specialists will analyze the data collected during the test to determine if you have symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.

Explore Your Sleep Test Options

We offer two types of sleep tests: a home test and an in-lab test.

For most patients, a home sleep study is the preferred option. However, in certain situations where a patient cannot care for themselves or has a condition like chronic obesity hypoventilation syndrome, an in-lab test may be necessary. While the in-lab test is more intrusive with disruptive wires, it may be required in specific cases but is generally less cost-effective.

The home test is a convenient, highly effective, and cost-efficient alternative. Our level three home sleep study provides comprehensive data on snoring severity, oxygen saturation levels, and body positioning throughout the night. We evaluate the impact of different sleeping positions on sleep apnea and measure heart rate variability, delivering an objective diagnosis of sleep apnea.

Enhancing Home Sleep Studies with Insights from CT Scans

Incorporating CT scans into home sleep studies adds diagnostic depth and precision. These scans offer detailed images of the upper airway, allowing for the identification of anatomical abnormalities contributing to sleep apnea. By integrating CT scan insights, home sleep studies can provide a more comprehensive evaluation, aiding in accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment planning. This approach ensures a nuanced understanding of sleep apnea conditions, facilitating tailored interventions for improved patient care.

While CT scans offer valuable insights into the anatomical aspects of sleep apnea conditions and treatment options, a comprehensive evaluation for sleep apnea often involves multiple diagnostic modalities. These may include clinical assessments, polysomnography (sleep studies), and dental evaluations. The choice of imaging modalities should be tailored to the specific clinical context, ensuring that the information gathered is aligned with the nuances of individual cases. To ensure a comprehensive understanding of sleep apnea conditions and effective intervention strategies, patient diagnosis and treatment planning benefit from a holistic approach that incorporates various diagnostic tools.

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Sleep testing at home – comfortable, efficient, and private.

Our home sleep apnea test offers a comfortable and comprehensive way to assess your sleep patterns, allowing us to tailor effective treatment plans to improve your sleep quality and overall health. Contact the San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea to schedule your home sleep study and take a proactive step towards better sleep and well-being.

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Founder & Clinical Director Amin Samadian, D.D.S.

Dr. Samadian is a Diplomate of American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has years of clinical hands-on training in full-mouth rehabilitation, cosmetics, implantology, and jaw dysfunction disorders. With a parallel clinical interest and pathway, He continued building his particular set of skills over the years by completing training and coursework in TMD and Sleep Breathing Disorders with the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, and the Misch Institute.

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