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Sleep Disorder Analysis

Home Sleep Studies Australia (HSSA) provides the first and only full polysomnography (PSG) home sleep study service in Australia.

Patients can be conveniently set-up at home with a referral from a GP, or consultant physician. The data is analysed by a Sleep Scientist and reported by a Respiratory and Sleep Physician, both with over 14 years experience diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.

Sleep Dentistry FAQs

Do I need a sleep study?

Valid reasons and indications for a sleep study may include any of the following:

  • snoring which disturbs your bed-partner (or neighbours!)
  • always tired
  • falling asleep whilst driving
  • disturbed sleep
  • going to the bathroom during the night
  • waking up tired
  • waking up with a headache
  • waking up with a dry or sore throat
  • high blood pressure (or on medication)
  • depressed (or on medication such as Zoloft)
  • sexual dysfunction (or on medication such as Viagra)
  • sick and tired of feeling sick and tired

The most common sleep disorders are Sleep Disordered Breathing, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), and Movement Disorders, such as Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome (PLMS).

Can it be done in my home?

Home Sleep Studies Australia uses the latest portable sleep technology which has only been available in Australia since mid-2006.

Does it include leg movements?

Leg movements are important for the diagnosis of Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome. The disorders are a common cause of insomnia and are just as common as sleep apnoea.

Does it include jaw movement?

Did you know 95% of people grind or clench their teeth at some point in their lives? Without a mouth-guard fitted by a dentist, people who grind or clench risk losing their teeth due to excessive wear or cracking of the enamel. A sleep study which includes jaw muscle activity can identify teeth grinding or clenching.
Jaw muscle activity is also important to differentiate between awake and sleep. Sleep studies should not be reporting sleep stages or arousals without recording jaw or sub-mental muscle activity. Arousals can only be scored during REM sleep with jaw or sub-mental muscle activity.

Is it an independent diagnostic service?

Some companies are inherently biased towards diagnosing moderate to severe sleep apnoea because they also sell CPAP machines. Home Sleep Studies Australia is a sleep testing company and does not sell any treatments. All of the 100 private hospital sleep laboratories in Australia are owned and run by the sleep physician who also requests the sleep study. Unfortunately, many of these doctors are under pressure by the private hospitals to keep the beds full. That means almost all patients seen by a sleep physician are sent for a sleep study even if it is not indicated by presenting symptoms.

People with a thick, short neck (> 42 cms in men, > 38 cm women) and BMI > 30 kg/cm are also more likely to have sleep apnoea, but about 10% of people with sleep apnoea are “skinny” – they just have with narrow airways.

Anyone who is sinussy or mucousy from sensitivity to dietary proteins in gluten, eggs, dairy and nuts should think seriously about having a sleep study to assess their breathing and oxygenation while asleep.

If you have any of the above symptoms or indications, you may have a sleep disorder which can be treated by your doctor or some Sleep Dentists. The first step is to e-mail for a request form, which needs to be completed in consultation with your doctor or dentist*.

What will a sleep study tell me?

The most important result is a measure of your sleep disturbance. The cause of most sleep disturbances is identified by measuring breathing, leg and jaw movements.

Sleep disturbance is reported as the Arousal Index, which is the number of times you wake up per hour of sleep. Most of these awakenings are too short to remember (only 3 to 10 seconds in duration – you usually only remember being awake if it lasts more than 5 minutes) and it is normal to wake up to 5 times per hour. Waking 5 to 15 times is considered mild disruption, while waking more than 15 times per hour definitely indicates a sleeping problem that requires urgent intervening treatment. the sleep study also reports how many times you stop breathing or have reduced breathing per hour (Apnea Hypopnoea Index AHI or Respiratory Disturbance Index RDI) and how many times your legs twitch per hour (periodic Limb Movement Index PLMI).

What treatments are available?

Depends on the diagnosis. Most people have a combination of up to 88 different sleep disorders as defined by the International Classification of Sleep Disorders (ICSD) Manual. That is why a full sleep study is so important.

For example, if the sleep study indicates you stop breathing more than 15 times per hour, you have moderately severe sleep apnoea and probably should start using CPAP immediately. Contact your nearest CPAP supplier.

Longer term options are a dental device and weight-loss. From February 2006, an oral appliance fitted by a dentist is recognised by the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the Australian Sleep Association (ASA) and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) as valid first-line treatment for sleep apnoea and snoring. This is a specialised service offered by a few sleep dentists at present. Cost of a dental device is usually around $1,400 including fitting.

If you are diagnosed with Periodic Limb Movements Syndrome (PLM Index > 5) or Restless Leg Syndrome, the doctor may prescribe central nervous system depressants and stress the importance of avoiding stimulants like caffeine and nicotine. Simple treatments include relaxation in the hours prior to sleep and high doses of magnesium supplementation. For example, Cramp-eze is available at most pharmacies around Australia for less than $20 for a months supply.

Home Sleep Study Benefits

Compared to in-patient hospital sleep studies:

  • independent diagnosis
  • independent assessment of treatment
  • sleep study in the comfort of your own home
  • no hospital bed fees
  • freedom of movement
  • move around and resume most daily activities while wired up
  • go to the bathroom at any time during the night without assistance
  • roll over in bed easily
  • consult with one doctor at one clinic
  • time from initial consultation to treatment is usually days or weeks
  • no private health cover required
  • sleep study reported by experienced Sleep Scientists and Sleep Physicians
  • referred to a Sleep Physician for consultation only if indicated by the sleep study report and after simple (incl dental) treatments have been tried first

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