Our Expert Pulmonary and Sleep Evaluation
Virtual or In-Person Consultation
A virtual consultation with a pulmonary or sleep specialist allows you to connect with a specialist remotely, using video conferencing technology. This means you can have a consultation from the comfort of your own home, without the need to travel to a clinic. It offers convenience and flexibility, especially for those who may have difficulty accessing a clinic or prefer the convenience of virtual appointments.
On the other hand, a in-clinic consultation involves physically visiting our pulmonary and sleep specialist at our clinic. This allows for a face-to-face interaction where our specialist can conduct a physical examination if necessary and have direct access to any required diagnostic equipment or tests.
Both virtual and clinic consultations provide opportunities to discuss your pulmonary or sleep concerns, obtain a diagnosis, and receive treatment recommendations from a specialist. The choice between the two options depends on your individual preferences, accessibility, and the nature of your medical issue.
Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)
1. Spirometry: This measures the amount of air you can inhale and exhale, as well as how quickly you can exhale forcefully. It can help detect conditions like asthma or COPD.
2. Lung volume measurement: This test provides information about the total amount of air your lungs can hold. It can help diagnose conditions like lung fibrosis or lung hyperinflation.
3. Diffusion capacity: This measures how effectively your lungs transfer oxygen from the air into your bloodstream. It can help detect conditions such as pulmonary fibrosis or emphysema.
4. Peak flow measurement: This measures the maximum speed at which you can exhale forcefully. It is often used to monitor asthma or to assess response to treatment.
Allergy Skin Test
Allergy skin tests are diagnostic procedures that help identify specific allergens causing allergic reactions. By applying small amounts of common allergens onto the skin and observing the reaction, your specialist can develop personalized treatment plans that may include allergen avoidance, medications, or immunotherapy (allergy shots). It’s important to consult with your healthcare provider for more information and to discuss any potential risks or concerns.
6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT)
The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) is a simple assessment used to measure the distance a person can walk in 6 minutes on a flat surface. It is conducted with supplemental oxygen for individuals who require it. This is for individuals with respiratory conditions who may experience oxygen saturation levels below normal during physical exertion. The use of supplemental oxygen during the test can help improve oxygen levels and provide a more accurate assessment of exercise capacity. The test is supervised by a healthcare professional and can provide information about exercise tolerance and response to treatment.
Home Sleep Test
A home sleep test is a convenient and non-invasive way to diagnose sleep disorders. It involves wearing a small device while you sleep, which measures various factors like breathing patterns, heart rate, eeg sleep staging and oxygen levels. The data collected during the test helps healthcare professionals evaluate the quality of your sleep and identify any potential issues such as sleep apnea. It offers the advantage of being performed in the comfort of your own home, allowing for a more natural sleep environment. However, it’s important to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider to ensure accurate results.
Effective Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
CPAP titration device treatment is a non-invasive therapy used for sleep apnea. It involves the use of a CPAP titration machine, which delivers a constant flow of air pressure through a mask. This helps keep the airway open and prevents interruptions in breathing during sleep. The device records data to determine the optimal air pressure settings for effective CPAP therapy. It is a widely used and effective treatment option for sleep apnea.
APAP titration device treatment is a type of therapy used for sleep apnea. APAP stands for Auto-Adjusting Positive Airway Pressure. This treatment involves the use of a device that automatically adjusts the air pressure delivered through a mask based on the individual’s breathing patterns during sleep. The device continuously monitors and analyzes the airway to provide the optimal pressure needed to keep it open and prevent breathing interruptions. APAP titration is a convenient and effective treatment option as it adapts to the specific needs of each person throughout the night.
BIPAP titration treatment is a therapy used for sleep apnea and other respiratory conditions. BPAP stands for Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure. This treatment involves the use of a device that delivers different air pressures for inhalation and exhalation, providing more support to help the individual breathe effectively. The device is customized based on the individual’s needs, with separate pressure settings for inhalation and exhalation. Bipap titration is beneficial for individuals who may require higher pressure levels during inhalation and lower pressure levels during exhalation. It helps improve oxygenation and reduces the effort needed to breathe, promoting better sleep and overall respiratory function.
Inspire sleep apnea treatment is a innovative therapy used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. It involves the implantation of a small device that stimulates the nerves controlling the tongue and other airway muscles during sleep. This stimulation helps to keep the airway open, preventing interruptions in breathing that are common with sleep apnea. The device is controlled by a handheld remote and can be customized to the individual’s needs. Inspire sleep treatment offers an alternative to traditional continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines and may be beneficial for individuals who find CPAP uncomfortable or ineffective. It can improve sleep quality, reduce daytime sleepiness, and alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance (Custom -Made)
An oral appliance, also known as a mandibular advancement device, is a custom-made device that is worn in the mouth during sleep. It works by repositioning the jaw to help keep the airway open and prevent obstruction. Oral appliances are typically recommended for individuals with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea or for those who have difficulty tolerating CPAP therapy.