Polysomnography is growing at a fast rate due to dentists prescribing their use for home sleep testing. Those results are then sent to a sleep physician to interpret and record for treatment.
Detecting disturbed REM sleep is difficult without polysomnography, so home sleep devices offer the physician information including brain wave activity, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, breathing, snoring, eye and leg movements, and much more during the sleep study. It requires the placement of electrodes on your head and is usually performed in a clinic for one night, but can now often be done at home, in the comfort of the patient’s own bed. These home test monitors offer a simpler, more affordable testing methodology.
There are many sleep monitors available to the dental sleep practices throughout the world, but one monitor with unique features stands out as being not only comprehensive, but easy to use. The NoxT3’s wireless Bluetooth oximeter uses a miniaturized technology for the comfort of the patient. It weighs only 88 gram (0.19 lb.) with the battery, and is only 79 x 63 x 21 mm (3.11” x 2.48” x 0.83”) in size. But there are other key features that set it apart from other popular sleep monitors.
The unit offers some unique and very useful features.
- Measures masseter movement for bruxism
- Thorax and abdomen RIP effort + RIP flow – RIP phase for paradoxical breathing
- Integrated snore microphone with a true audio signal
- Checks waveforms in real time
- Redundant flow signal through the RIP effort, nasal cannula and CPAP check
- Exhibits the pulse transit time, along with the sleep time
- Indicates the SpO2, pulse, snore level and body position
- Uses standard disposable or rechargeable batteries (AA)
- Presents intuitive analysis and reporting software
- Can be used for pediatric, dental, cardiology and ENT patients
- It features a fast data download
- Has an auto signal which gives you immediate study results
The NoxT3 system is sold by Whip Mix Corporation, a 99 year old company dentists have come to know and trust. Go to our website to learn about the NoxT3, other sleep monitors and, of course all of the coveted Whip Mix products, from classic to digital.
To learn more about Polysomnography and how to integrate dental sleep medicine into your practice, watch this very informative webinar by Dr. Ken Berley. This comprehensive webinar will cover the dental sleep medicine team, records and consent forms, screening parameters, the effective use of home sleep tests in the office, and much more.
Encourage your team to join you for this webinar, as you will want to start implementing some of the ideas you’ll learn in this webinar the very next day.