Sleep apnea is a condition that causes a person’s breathing to be interrupted while they are asleep. When sleep apnea is left untreated, it can cause one to stop breathing as they sleep, sometimes multiple times a night. When this occurs, it stops the brain — and the rest of the body — from getting an adequate supply of oxygen. Texas ENT Specialists offers a sleep apnea test to both determine if you have sleep apnea, and to help you find the best possible treatment.

Your Sleep Apnea Test 

Texas ENT Specialists offer several types of sleep apnea tests. The first is a “polysomnogram” or “sleep study”, which is a multi-part test. 

During the test, you will sleep while connected to a medical device that records your specific physical activities. Surface electrodes may be placed on your face and scalp. The equipment will digitally record specific signals that are created by your brain and muscle activity.

A WatchPAT ONE test may also be used. During this test, you will wear a chest sensor attached to a wrist device. You will be able to connect the device to an app on your phone that will monitor you while asleep. After the sleeping portion of the test, the results will be analyzed by one of our highly-trained providers to determine if you have sleep apnea or a different sleeping disorder. 

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Conditions a Sleep Apnea Test Can Benefit

While a sleep apnea test can diagnose sleep apnea, it can also diagnose other sleep disorders. Those who snore may also benefit from testing, as they may not know they have sleep apnea. 

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Benefits of Sleep Apnea Testing

Sleep apnea can be dangerous without treatment. Because you can stop breathing at night, you can cut off the supply of oxygen to your brain. The first step in treating sleep apnea is knowing if you have it, and which type you may have. This is why testing for sleep apnea is so important. Once you have treatment for sleep apnea, both you and your partner or roommate will sleep better, and you’ll be able to rest easier. 

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About Texas ENT Specialists

Texas ENT Specialists is Houston’s top-rated provider of ENT care. Our offices provide comprehensive care for all ear, nose, and throat conditions for patients of any age. We have 15 convenient office locations across Houston. 

We have set ourselves apart in the industry through:

Personalized Treatment

Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, all of our ENT services are tailored to meet your specific patient needs, which leads to the best possible outcome.

Top-Rated Physician Network

Each of our 15 locations is staffed with a team of board-certified physicians that can help with all of your ENT concerns.

Centers of Excellence

Our locations are designed to provide comprehensive care and work to deliver a seamless patient experience from the moment you walk in the door.

Continuity of Care

With our comprehensive care philosophy and network of highly trained providers, we work to ensure that we provide you with lasting relief.

Who Is a Candidate?

If you struggle with sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, you are most likely a candidate for the testing process. When you arrive for your appointment, our staff will meet with you to discuss your sleep habits and any sleep issues you may be experiencing. This will allow our providers to ensure a sleep test is necessary. 

The Sleep Apnea Test Procedure

Before the test is administered, our providers will ensure it’s right for you and will provide you with any pre-test information. The test may be performed in our office, or in some cases, it may be done at home. If it’s done in the office, we will ask you to bring everything you need to sleep comfortably in one of our testing beds.

Before you fall asleep, the electrodes will be placed, and then you will then fall asleep. Once you wake up, you’ll be able to resume your normal activities while your results are examined. After the provider has conclusive results, they will contact you to discuss them.

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Your WatchPAT ONE Test

Note: Your phone must have access to the Internet while you are setting up the WatchPAT ONE device for the test.

Preparing to Start the Test

  • Please turn off all other transmitting devices in the room, such as smartwatches, other smartphones, and headphones, as it could interfere with the test.
  • Do not use any CPAP or APAP machine the night of your WatchPAT test.
  • Open WatchPAT ONE application on your mobile device. Follow the instructions in the application that will guide you through the steps of operating the test.

At the End of the Test

  • Press the END RECORDING key in the WatchPAT ONE application and follow the instructions.
  • If the application is closed, please open it, make sure your phone is connected to the Internet, and wait for the “Thank You” notification.
  • Only when you see a “Thank You” message presented on the application, the test is completed and sent to your doctor.

After the Test

  • You will follow up with your provider to discuss the results.
  • If needed, a sleep machine (AutoPAP) will be prescribed.
  • You will be contacted 5 to 21 days later by the medical equipment provider to set up the machine. 
  • It normally takes several weeks for insurance approval for your machine.

Sleep Apnea Testing FAQ's

Is it difficult to fall asleep during the test?

Some patients may experience difficulty at first, but then fall asleep quickly.

Is the equipment uncomfortable to sleep in?

It may take some adjusting to, but most patients do not have any issues.

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