Getting Screened for Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Testing

  1. Schedule an appointment to see Dr. Nugent, or if you are an existing patient talk to us if you think you have sleep apnea.
  2. Fill out this apnea questionnaire and grade yourself.
  3. Dr. Nugent will evaluate your questionnaire and do an examination of your mouth and throat.
  4. Have a 3D x-ray taken, have a Radiologist read the x-ray. This rules out anatomical abnormalities that could be blocking the flow of air. Possible referral to an ENT doctor to addresses nasal septum or sinus issues.
  5. Get scheduled to take a Home Sleep Test Study. The monitoring equipment is sent directly to your house. You use the equipment for two consecutive nights. Then you mail back the equipment in the pre-paid envelope.HST Sleep Test Pasadena Texas
  6. The sleep study is read by a Board-Certified Sleep Physician. The report is sent to you and Dr. Nugent. You will have a consultation with Dr. Nugent to go over your results.
  7. If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Sleep Physician recommends an oral appliance the medical doctor will write a prescription for an oral appliance.
  8. If you are an existing patient and have healthy teeth and gum tissue Dr. Nugent can immediately start the processes of making an oral sleep apnea appliance.
  9. If you are a new patient, you will need a complete dental examination. If there are dental or gum tissue problems they must be corrected before the oral sleep apnea device is fabricated.
  10. The device is delivered, adjusted.
  11. You come back and talk to Dr. Nugent about how the appliance is working. Dr. Nugent will titrate the appliance.
  12. Once Dr. Nugent feels the appliance is in the optimal position, you will again do a Home Sleep Study so that Dr. Nugent can validate the effectiveness of the oral sleep apnea device.

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