How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

Sleep ApneaSleep apnea is a disorder in which a sleeping person stops breathing several times throughout the night. It can be very dangerous and lead to long-term complications such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. One of the most recognizable signs of sleep apnea is snoring. If you suspect you might have sleep apnea, it is important to have it diagnosed and treated to prevent additional health complications.

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Besides disruptive snoring, other symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Sleeping through the night, yet waking up feeling extremely tired
  • Daytime confusion or sleepiness
  • Inability to stay awake during the day
  • Gasping or choking during the night

You may also wake up several times throughout the night or feel incapable of getting a good night’s sleep. Often, people with sleep apnea will wake up with an extremely dry mouth or sore throat, have a headache, or feel extremely irritable.

What Tests Are Used to Diagnose Sleep Apnea

Your physician will evaluate your symptoms and recommend a sleep study to determine whether you have sleep apnea. A sleep study is an overnight evaluation in which your heart rate, oxygen levels, body movements, and brain activity are monitored. The lab technician will be monitoring you for how many times you stop breathing throughout the night as well as how many times you wake up. Data will be collected on your heart, brain, and breathing to determine not only whether you have sleep apnea but to pinpoint what type. There are three main types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, in which the airway is obstructed by the tissue of the soft palate; central sleep apnea, in which the brain “forgets” to tell you to breathe, and mixed sleep apnea, in which the person has elements of both obstructive and sleep apnea.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

There are a range of treatments for sleep apnea, from lifestyle changes to CPAP machines to oral appliances. Rarely, surgery is required to remove or shrink tissue that is blocking the airway. But most often the patient responds to a less invasive treatment.

If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, it is important to see a doctor who specializes in sleep medicine in order to properly diagnose and treat your condition.  Call (203)-245-0412 today, or schedule an appointment using this form.

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We regret to announce that we will be closing the practice for in person and telehealth services for Sleep and Neuroscience Treatment as of 9/30/2023. The Practice was formerly owned by Dr. Malhotra and was located at 86 Bradley Road, Madison, CT 06443.

In February 2022, Waterstone acquired Sleep and Neuroscience Treatment under Dr. Thomas Abbenante, who has been working with patients in Greenwich and New Haven offices.

If you are seeking new services, please contact your health insurance company who can provide you with a list of providers that are in network with your current plan. For additional information or referrals, you can also contact the Connecticut State Medical Society at or by calling 203-865-0587.

For current or previous patients, please contact our agency for information regarding your account, appointments, or medical records. You may reach us at 203-245-0412 or fax requests to 203-427-0441. You will receive mailed information detailing closure and any follow-up instructions.

Please note that the business mailing address for Dr. Abbenante and Sleep and Neuroscience is:

Dr. Thomas Abbenante
Sleep & Neuroscience Department
c/o Waterstone Counseling Centers, LLC
86 Bradley Road
Madison, CT  06443