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Pediatric Nocturnal Oximetry

What is a pediatric nocturnal oximetry?

Pediatric nocturnal oximetry is a simple, painless test done at home. It can help determine whether your child may be suffering from a sleep-related respiratory disorder by detecting decreased blood oxygen levels during sleep. Test results are used by your healthcare professionnel physician to decide whether your child should undergo a more thorough examination (e.g., polysomnography).

Night saturometry (oximetry) is a sleep apnea screening test offered exclusively to pediatric clients. This test is used to determine whether there is reduced oxygen in the blood during your child's sleep, and whether a more exhaustive diagnostic test should be recommended. Saturometry is performed at home, under your supervision. During your appointment, a sleep respiratory therapist will explain the steps for installing the sensor. The collected data is sent to a respirologist for analysis according to predefined medical criteria in order to determine the next steps.

Examination procedure

At Biron, we offer a 30-minute afternoon appointment with a respiratory therapist to explain how the device works and how to properly do the in-home test. We will ensure you have all the information you need for a successful diagnostic. The test will be conducted at home, during the night. The day after the test, we ask that you return the device to Biron's clinic by 11:00 a.m.

Results

Your examination results will be interpreted by one of our medical specialists trained in sleep care.

Depending on the method you choose either through the result portal or by post office, your test results will be sent to you and the requesting health care professional within 10 to 15 business days.

A medical prescription is required to perform this examination.

If your healthcare professional has prescribed this examination or if you have any questions, contact us at 1-800-463-7674.