Sleep apnea is a medical condition; therefore, it must be diagnosed by a medical doctor or sleep physician. Your knowledgeable doctor, Dr. Pamela Powell, can help to recognize the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea and may refer you to another medical professional for diagnosis. To diagnose sleep apnea, you may undergo a sleep study. During the sleep study, you will be connected to machines that monitor activity of the brain, heart, eyes, and muscles during a seven-hour sleep period. Patients suffering from sleep apnea often display interruptions or abnormalities in brain, heart, eye, and muscle activity during sleep, as well as a decreased amount of oxygen saturation (oxyhemoglobin) in the blood. To learn more about how sleep apnea is diagnosed, and to discover how we can treat it, please call our office in Boise, Idaho today. Dr. Powell looks forward to working with you!