Usually, when you hear “sleep study,” a lab or hospital setting may come to mind. While this is true for some sleep studies, it is not the case for level 3 sleep studies. Level 3 sleep studies are done at home and are designed for individuals that are experiencing sleep apnea symptoms. In this blog, we are going to share with you more information about what a level 3 sleep study is and what data is looked for to determine the different types of sleep apnea.
What Is a Level 3 Sleep Study?
A level 3 sleep study is also known as a home sleep apnea test (HSAT). A level 3 sleep study utilizes an at-home kit that records data throughout the night while you are asleep. The portable testing device makes the process easy, painless, and comfortable since it can be used in your own home. A level 3 sleep study can help make diagnosis easier for individuals experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when you repeatedly stop and start breathing throughout the night while you're sleeping.
What Data Is Collected During the Study?
The portable testing devices track data and information focused on your breathing to determine if you have a breathing-related sleep disorder. It monitors and records things like oxygen levels, heart rate, airflow, snoring frequency, and other factors. After the sleep study has been completed, it will be sent back to specialists for analysis. Your doctor or a sleep specialist will analyze the data collected from the sleep study and dep study and determine a diagnosis and treatment plan for you. Sometimes home sleep tests are negative or inconclusive, if this occurs another type of sleep test may be recommended.
If the patient is diagnosed with sleep apnea, treatment options are available and can include CPAP therapy, tongue stabilizing devices, or surgery. Advanced Care Respiratory Network has a wide range of CPAP equipment available as well as other sleep apnea treatment services. For more information about our sleep apnea treatments, visit our website!
A level 3 sleep study is a convenient, simple, and affordable sleep study option. It can be done in the comfort of your own home and is a fast and easy way to diagnose many types of sleep apnea. If you are experiencing sleep apnea symptoms and are interested in learning more about our sleep studies, visit our website or contact us today to schedule a consultation!