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Home Sleep Apnea Testing

Sleep studies for diagnosis of sleep apnea have been traditionally done in a sleep lab. With modern day technological advancements sleep studies can now be performed in the comfort of your own home and schedule.

Home sleep apnea testing by registered sleep technologists and interpretation by board certified sleep physicians have been shown to be of comparable efficacy, time efficient and lower cost than traditional in lab studies in many situations. They are preferred by a lot of patients especially who are otherwise healthy and may have high co-pays and deductibles. A lot of insurances are now requiring home sleep apnea tests as the first step in diagnosis of sleep apnea.

About Home Sleep Testing

A Home Sleep Testing device consists of the following sensors:

  • A belt that is worn around the chest
  • An oxygen sensor on the finger
  • A nasal cannula (breathing tube in the nose, similar to what people wear for oxygen)

Testing is done for one or two nights as directed by the provider. You will be able to sleep in the comfort of your home and will have the ability to get up to use the restroom without interrupting the test.
 
In order to do a home sleep study you must first get a prescription from your provider. After that, call the sleep center to schedule the sleep study. You will have the option of picking up and returning the device at the sleep center or have the device dropped off and picked up at your home. Directions for the usage of the device will be provided at time of setup.
 
After the sleep study the report is sent to the ordering provider for further management and follow up.

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