Outpatient medical examination consisting of recording, the quality of the patient’s sleep, several physiological respiratory variables (respiratory rate, heart rate, analysis of tracheal sounds, measurement of oro-nasal airflow and / or measurement of exhaled CO2) to determine some sleep-related disorders, such as snoring and sleep apnea.
This review takes place in the patient’s home: Doctor shows the patient how to install sensors himself based on a scheme that is given before sleeping. Sometimes he puts the sensors to the patient who leaves harnessed sensors under his clothes.
Depending on the type of equipment and appropriate test, the device may consist of the following:
- Sensors are placed on the neck, the index and ring fingers (placed oximeter finger to measure blood oxygenation)
- Sometimes on the chest and abdomen to analyze snoring (sound sensor at the base of the neck), respiratory movements and the patient’s sleep,
- Sometimes a nasal sensor which measures the respiratory flow by the pressure variations in the upper airway tract. All sensors are connected by son in a small box where every recorded thing stored in memory to be retrieved from a computer the next day.
The somnologist doctor may interpret the results of the review and decide to complete this review by polysomnography hospitalization. Depending on the number of apnea and other respiratory events we decide if PPC is indicated. In cases of mild apnea and in the presence of significant nasal obstruction which appear to be a predominant causal factor, the nasal dilator RespiFacile is the first-line treatment.