Allen says his home sleep study couldn't have been easier.
For years, the best way to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea was an overnight sleep study conducted in a laboratory while hooked up to sensors that measure everything from brain waves to heart rate. Now, Fairview Sleep Centers has made it easier and less expensive to find out whether you have sleep apnea. Technology makes it possible for qualifying individuals to conduct a simple sleep study in the comfort of their own home using wireless equipment that's no larger than a wallet.
You may be a candidate for a sleep study if you:
- Snore loudly
- Have a neck measurement larger than 16 inches in women and 17 inches in men.
- Have a body mass index under 35
- Have been told that you choke, gasp, or stop breathing while you sleep
- Feel excessively tired during the day
Find out if you're at risk for sleep apnea with our online assessment. To see if a home sleep study is right for you, call 612-273-5000 and ask for a sleep consultation.
How it works
A sleep specialist will conduct a consultation. A medical reviewer will review your referral to make sure you qualify. If you qualify, a scheduler will call you to make an appointment for you to pick up the home sleep study unit and schedule a follow-up appointment. You can take the equipment home and bring it back the following day, or in some cases after a few days.
Simple and easy to use
The home sleep study equipment is designed to be user-friendly. It consists of a nasal sensor that sits under your nose, a wireless oxygen monitor on your finger and two belts on the chest and abdomen that help measure respiration. A small electronic unit no larger than your wallet clips to the belt across your abdomen.
Shortly after your home sleep study, a physician will review your report and recommend a plan of treatment. If use of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is indicated, one will be prescribed for you. If results show that your condition is more complex, an overnight sleep study in a sleep laboratory could be recommended.
Costs and insurance coverage
Medicare and several major insurance companies cover home sleep studies. Check with your insurer to see if you qualify. If you have a high deductible or high copayments, the cost of the home sleep study, at under $500, may be less than what you would pay out-of-pocket toward a study conducted in a sleep center.
For more information, call Fairview Sleep Centers, 612-217-5000.
The following Fairview Sleep Centers now offer this service:
Our Princeton location will offer home studies to those who qualify later this year.