Good morning. My son recently was referred for a sleep study by his ENT. He is 5 years old. Results came back as follows:
Apne/Hypoapnea Index: 3.7
REM Index: 13.7
Cent Apnea: 17
Obst Apnea: 0
Mixed Apnea: 1
Avg 02 Sat Baseline: 98.3-100%
Lowest 02 Sta 87%
The MD has stated he does not require treatment. Is this normal/ok for him to experience apnea, w/o being treated?
From what I have read, most people have some apneas. It is only after they reach a certain frequency or duration that they become a medical concern. By convention that is an AHI above 5.0. So by that measure your ENT is correct that he does not require treatment. His blood O2 got a bit low, but nothing really alarming. And you would need to know for how long it was this low. The numbers you have here are just a high level summary.
A sleep doctor should have interpreted the sleep study. Have to received his report? If not, ask for it. You might want to consult directly with the sleep doctor on this matter.
You also don't mention why the sleep study was done. Is he snoring? Is the ENT looking at tonsil/adenoid surgery?
I have not spoken with the sleep MD. Have an appointment with ENT next week. He has already had a T&A, but he is snoring, restless sleep, grinding teeth, waking up tired, sleeping with neck hyper-extended. The sleep clinic will not let me speak with the MD who interpreted his report. I have to talk with ENT.