Center For Dental Medicine • 2019 Galisteo St, J2 • Santa Fe, NM 87505 • 505.474.4644

How is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Diagnosed?

Obstructive sleep apnea can only be diagnosed by a medical doctor. This can be your primary care physician, or you may be referred to a specialist in sleep medicine.

You will be asked to have an overnight sleep study to diagnose OSA. It is not simple to make this diagnosis, so many measurements are taken while you are sleeping, and the results are evaluated by a certified sleep physician. The sleep physician will notify your primary care provider of your diagnosis.

Your physician may suggest that you use a continuous positive air pressure device, or "CPAP," to treat obstructive sleep apnea. If your OSA is mild or moderate, a dental splint may be recommended to treat your condition. If this is your recommendation, your physician can send us a prescription for a dental sleep appliance.

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