Quick, noninvasive OSA detection.
Most Pharyngometers use acoustic reflection technology, similar to a boats sonar, to map out the structure, size and collapsibility of the oral/nasal airway. Studies have shown a direct relationship between the existence of OSA and narrow, collapsible, airways.
Dr. Jones uses the Pharyngometer to quickly screen patients prior to diagnosis of sleep apnea. If the Pharyngometer detects a narrow airway it often correlates to a higher risk of OSA. After the initial readings are taken it can help show how the airway changes in response to jaw movement. By combining these readings the pharyngometer helps accurately rule out patients who wouldn't benefit from oral appliances designed to alleviate airway closure.
These tests are minimally invasive and only take about 5 minutes to finish.