How do doctors diagnose sleep apnea?
If your child has symptoms of sleep apnea, the doctor will most likely have them see a doctor who specializes in sleep apnea.
The doctor might also have your child take the following tests:
- Overnight sleep study (also called nocturnal polysomnogram, or PSG). This is when your child stays overnight in a sleep lab at the hospital. A sleep doctor will check your child’s breathing patterns, arm and leg movements and oxygen levels while they sleep.
- Home sleep test (HST). An HST is when a doctor will teach you how to check your child’s oxygen levels and breathing patterns at home while they sleep.
- If the doctor thinks your child might have central sleep apnea, he might recommend that your child have imaging (X-rays) of the brain.