Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) | Testing & Diagnosis

How is obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed?

To help diagnose your child’s condition, the clinician will take a detailed medical history and perform a full physical examination. He or she may also:

  • Ask questions about your child’s breathing during sleep and any other symptoms he or she is having.
  • Ask you to take a video or keep a sleep log. A sleep log tracks how many hours your child sleeps, how many times he or she wakes up, and his or her level of alertness in the morning. A short video of your child sleeping taken on your cell phone can also be very helpful to document your child’s symptoms. If you have already have these, be sure to bring them to your appointment.

What tests are used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea?

Your clinician may also want to run a few tests to evaluate your child. These may include:

  • an x-ray of your child’s upper airway
  • a polysomnogram (sleep study) to measure different types of data and record sleep stages, breathing, oxygen levels, heart rate, body movements and sleep disruptions