If your doctor suspects you may have obstructive sleep apnea he or she may order a sleep study for a proper diagnosis. Sleep studies can be performed in a sleep lab with an attending sleep technologist, or at home in an unattended sleep test.
If your doctor feels a home study is suitable for you, one of our sleep technologists will contact you to set up a convenient time to meet you at home. Upon arrival, they will ask you to fill out the required paperwork. Next, they will go over the proper use and hook up of the equipment step by step to make sure you have no problems operating the device. The technologist will also leave an “on-call” phone number for you to reach them 24-hours a day in case you have any questions or need further assistance with your testing device.
You will wear the testing device for 1-2 nights as determined by your doctor. You will typically need to record for at least six hours a night in order to acquire the appropriate amount of data. Once this process has been completed the technologist will meet with you at the scheduled time to retrieve the testing device.
Home sleep studies are only used to diagnose sleep apnea and may be performed at home by the patient. Home studies are simple and increasingly popular in the diagnosis of sleep apnea.
While there are many benefits of home studies, they can not be used to diagnose other sleep disorders and may not be suitable for all patients.