Screening and diagnosis for sleep-disordered breathing

If you suspect that a patient may have sleep-disordered breathing, this three-step screening process for SDB can get him or her on the path to getting diagnosed.

  • Assess.
    Can you recognize some of the common symptoms of SDB in your patients?
  • Screen.
    Ask them to complete a simple five-question sleep apnea symptom test as a quick screener.
  • Refer.
    Recommend that they take a sleep study to determine whether or not SDB, and if it is, to determine how severe it is.

All about sleep studies

During a sleep study, your patient’s breathing is monitored to see if they have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Sleep studies can be done at home or in a sleep clinic.