Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 6:10 pm
The team at Silent Night Therapy understands the safety concerns that our patients and prospective patients have regarding the spread of COVID-19, and in response, we are pleased to offer virtual sleep consultations and remote sleep testing through SNAP Diagnostics Dropship.
First, you will need to call us to set up a virtual consultation. Since it is not in the best interest of our community’s safety to meet in person, we will now be conducting sleep consultations through Facebook, Google Duo, and FaceTime. During your virtual appointment, your sleep specialist will explain how the in-home sleep study through Dropship will work. They will also discuss the symptoms of sleep apnea and ask what symptoms you are experiencing, then discuss goals and a potential treatment plan.
SNAP Diagnostics’ home delivery service, called Dropship, will deliver a sanitized testing kit to your home so you can conduct an in-home sleep study without needing to come into our lab. Simply follow the instructions and return your testing kit to SNAP Diagnostics, who will review your test and send us the results.
How Your In-Home Sleep Study Will Work
You will receive your in-home sleep study testing kit via delivery by SNAP Diagnostics’ delivery service, Dropship. An in-home study will use a belt, an oximeter probe, and an oral-nasal cannula, as opposed to a greater number of measuring tools used in a lab study. You simply go through your normal nightly routine and attach the equipment to yourself right before you go to sleep.
Because you are doing the study in the comfort of your own home, it will be easier to fall asleep and might yield more accurate results, since your sleep is more disrupted in a lab. Home studies are typically just as accurate as lab studies but are much more convenient and comfortable for the person being tested.
Contact the Team at Silent Night Therapy
We are committed to providing you the same level of service that you have always expected and are proud to offer our help through web consultations. If you have questions about sleep studies or suspect you might have sleep apnea, contact the team at Silent Night Therapy. You deserve a good night’s sleep, and we’ll be here to find the solution that will help you get it. Schedule your virtual consultation with us by calling (631) 983-2463 or by filling out a contact form today.
Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 6:50 pm
Most of us don’t realize how important sleep is to virtually every aspect of our health. New studies are showing that sleep not only affects the energy we feel each day, it also affects our metabolism, hormone levels, body composition, and mental health.
Understanding how important sleep is should motivate those suffering from a sleep disorder to seek treatment, but it doesn’t often overcome the reluctance many feel to sleeping in an unfamiliar bed at a clinic where they are observed. If you fall into this category, you need to know about the exciting new option of home sleep studies.
Home Sleep Testing v. Clinic Sleep Study
Home sleep testing requires less money and time than a traditional sleep study in a clinic. In the comfort of your home, you can simply wear a medical device that tracks your breathing and other vital signs throughout the night as you sleep.
Rather than spending an entire night at a clinic, you simply pick up the equipment at your convenience and then put it on at night when you are ready to sleep. In the morning, you follow the instructions on the equipment to submit the data collected during the night. Doctors may ask you to wear it two nights in a row to confirm the results, but they will be able to evaluate the data quickly and diagnose what is causing your lack of quality sleep.
Is Home Sleep Testing Right For You?
Home sleep testing is most effective for determining if someone suffers from sleep apnea. If you have any of the following symptoms on a regular basis, you may have OSA (obstructive sleep apnea):
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- The tendency to awake in the night, gasping for air
- Dry mouth when you wake up in the morning
- A feeling of being tired, distracted, and irritable even after a full night’s sleep
OSA is a serious condition in which a person’s breathing essentially stops multiple times during sleep cycles, depriving the brain of oxygen and preventing a person from entering the REM stage of sleep needed to feel fully rested. If you think you suffer from OSA, a home sleep study may be able to help you get your health back on track. Ask your doctor today if it’s right for you.
Are you considering at-home sleep testing? Contact Dr. Clifford Brown and the experienced team at Silent Night Therapy to discuss your options and get a test scheduled. Call us at (631) 983-2463 or reach out to us online today.