Once you have undergone testing, discuss your results with your referring physician. If you completed a study without a referral, a copy of the test results will have been sent to your family doctor.
When discussing your results, your doctor may determine the following:
1) Normal results: Your doctor will reassure you that the test results did not show any problem that could affect your health. If there is snoring without sign of obstruction, depending on your circumstances and your health, your doctor might suggest some lifestyle changes that might help. There are oral advancement devices that protrude the lower jaw that can help with snoring as well. Alternatively, your doctor might suggest a consultation with an ENT (ear, nose & throat) specialist to determine if there is a surgical solution.
2) Sleep Apnea: The good news is that there are many ways to treat sleep apnea once it is diagnosed. Your doctor is your link to these treatments. Sometimes your dentist can help as well. Obstructive Sleep Apnea can worsen slowly over time and can have serious consequences on your long term health. Once diagnosed, OSA typically remains a part of your life forever, and therefore needs to be followed by your doctor.
For those who receive an OSA diagnosis and undergo surgery or have an oral appliance fitted to treat their OSA, follow up testing to verify the results is recommended. You are welcome to come back to the Snore Shop and get retested for free. Don’t assume that once you’ve completed surgery or received an oral appliance that your OSA is “cured”. Re-testing is recommended in the long term to ensure the treatment continues to be effective. Management of your SDB is a lifelong commitment, much like high blood pressure or diabetes.
Check with your family doctor or referring physician about the status of your sleep test, and what you can or should do about it.