What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep related breathing disorder. The word apnea means ‘no breathing,’ and sleep apnea refers to pauses in breathing that occur during sleep. On average, these pauses last for 10 to 30 seconds, until the brain reacts to overcome the problem. With each episode of apnea, blood oxygen levels can be reduced, and sleep is disturbed as the sleeper must wake briefly to resume breathing. However, the sleeper typically does not become fully awake, and usually has no recollection of the awakening. This cycle happens repeatedly throughout the night, interfering with the normal sleep pattern that one needs to feel rested and refreshed in the morning.

What Happens During Sleep Apnea?

Snoring in itself can be harmless, even if it’s very loud. But snoring that contains periods of silence, followed by choking or snorting sounds may be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

The apnea period ends only when the sleeper’s brain forces partial wakefulness in order to regain control of the airway muscles. The airway is then opened, usually with loud gasping or snorting sounds. Breathing is restored just long enough to bring oxygen levels back up toward normal, but in a few seconds or minutes the cycle of obstruction, apnea and partial awakening happens all over again, This cycle can be repeated from dozens to hundreds of times each night, and often the sleeper is not aware of any of it.

Sleep Apnea: How it Affects Your Body and Your Health

Sleep apnea is associated with serious health conditions that include: hypertension, heart attacks and strokes, depression, sexual dysfunction, daytime sleepiness, type 2 diabetes and accidental death.

Treatment of sleep apnea is highly successful in reducing sleepiness and improving one’s quality of life. It is important to determine if you have OSAS as soon as possible.

Sleep Apnea Home Pre-Screening

If you are not sure if you have sleep apnea, you can use a home pre-screening device that helps determine if a formal sleep study should be performed. The pre-screening device is simple to use and the test is performed in the privacy and comfort of your own bed.

If a sleep study is required, the results of the pre-screening can be forwarded with a referral to a sleep lab, which may help determine the urgency of the sleep study.


*Please note this is NOT a sleep study, but rather a gateway to determine the need to be referred to a sleep lab for a full diagnostic sleep study.

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How to Successfully Perform a Sleep Apnea Home Pre-Screening

1. Contact our office – We can give you more information in regards to what sleep apnea is and how it is treated. We will help you with any paperwork to get the Sleep Apnea At-Home Pre-Screening test done.

2. Complete a referral form – You can either:

a) You can take the prefilled referral form with you to your doctor’s office to discuss in more detail your concerns and wish to perform the At-Home Sleep Apnea Pre-Screening test or

b) Go to your doctor’s office and request a referral form be sent to Complete Healthcare Solutions for a Sleep Apnea Home Pre-Screening test.

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Once we receive the signed referral, we will call you.

3. Pick up the device – You can come by the office during business hours to pick up the pre-screen device. Any staff member will clearly explain how to have a successful pre-screen experience.

4. Return the device – Once the at-home test is complete, simply return the device to our office. We will verify if enough data was recorded, then send the results to your physician same day.

5. Wait for your physician/nurse practitioner to call you. Once the results have been received and reviewed by your physician/nurse practitioner, their office may contact you for a follow up visit to discuss the results and potential next steps.

*Please note this is NOT a sleep study, but rather a gateway to determine the need to be referred to a sleep lab for a full diagnostic sleep study.