CrohnieToo wrote:Anything below 88% oxygen saturation is dangerous and debilitating to your entire body.
The length of time one is desaturated below 88% is vital as well. Obviously a few seconds here and there is not so worrisome as minutes often.
Why on earth would you object to an overnight oximetry? It is such an easy thing and no real bother at all!
Your pulmo is EXACTLY right in ordering a sleep study! Do be sure to comply and go thru w/it. Meanwhile, you might want to ask your pulmo for a copy of that overnight oximetry report to see for yourself how often and how long your 02 saturation was less than 88%. And actually, anything below 90% is worrisome. Again, depending on for how long and how often. The report will most likely even tell you what % of your sleep time was spent w/02 saturation below 88%.
Just to reinforce the above.
In a hospital environment, blood oxygen saturation levels below 95% cause concern................below 90% require intervention.
Follow up with the sleep study ASAP. Continued drops in O2 levels can (and will) cause damage to cognitive function, short term memory and a host of other problems.