VirtuOx Home Sleep Testing is an easy-to-take, highly effective, inexpensive and comfortable diagnostic procedure intended to test for and confirm Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). With just a sensor on your finger, nose and a small device on a belt around your chest, VirtuOx can tell if you have sleep apnea.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which there are brief periods during sleep in which your airway relaxes and you do not get enough air to your lungs. Sleep Apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition and is far more common than generally understood.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common and is caused by a collapse of soft tissue in the rear of the throat creating a temporary blockage in the airway. The result is that the sleeper can stop breathing for anywhere from 10 seconds to 3 minutes, with events recurring up to 100 times an hour in the most severe cases.
What Are The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Often, the patient is not the one who complains to the physician about sleep apnea, but rather the bed partner. This is because sleep apnea is most often associated with such loud snoring and evident pauses in breathing that it annoys and/or frightens the spouse. Symptoms the patient may notice include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (falling asleep easily & sometimes inappropriately)
- Morning headaches
- History of high blood pressure
- Memory problems or poor judgment
- Feelings of depression
- Gastro-esophageal reflux (heartburn)
- Nocturia (frequent night time urination)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Personality changes or irritability
Call us for a consult today! It’s never been easier to test for Sleep Apnea and get the help you need to start sleeping better.