Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): Tests and Diagnosis

What tests are used to diagnose SDB?

An overnight sleep study, also called a Polysomnogram (PSG), is the best way to diagnose OSA and needs to be ordered by a medical provider. During the sleep study, the child’s breathing is monitored closely in order to capture any signs of sleep disordered breathing.

How do providers at Children’s Hospital Colorado make a diagnosis?

If a child has any symptoms of sleep disordered breathing, the first step is to discuss the symptoms with a doctor who can examine your child for large tonsils and take a thorough sleep history. The provider may order a sleep study to obtain more information about your child’s sleep.  The results of this study along with the child’s exam will determine your child’s treatment.