Home Sleep Apnea Test

Obstructive sleep apnea is diagnosed in one of two ways - either at the sleep center using laboratory technology and attended by a sleep technologist or at home using portable diagnostic equipment.

A physician may recommend home sleep apnea testing if:
  • There is a high likelihood that the patient has moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea; and
  • Patient has no significant medical conditions other than the suspected obstructive sleep apnea.

Patients should not have a home sleep apnea test if:
  • Risk of having obstructive sleep apnea is only mild to moderate;
  • Another sleep-related disorder is suspected; or
  • Patient has certain medical conditions including pulmonary diseases, neuromuscular diseases or congestive heart failure.

If a home sleep apnea test is indicated, the portable diagnostic equipment is dispensed to the patient at the sleep center where qualified staff offer instruction on how to use the testing device. The patient will take the device home, wear it overnight while sleeping, and then return the device to the sleep center where the test results are scored and interpreted by board-certified sleep specialists.

In some cases, a follow-up sleep study at the sleep center may be necessary if test results are unclear; there is insufficient data to make a diagnosis; another sleep-related disorder is suspected; or test results indicate that the patient does not have obstructive sleep apnea even though clinical symptoms of the medical condition persist.

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7839 Interstate 10 West
San Antonio,TX 78230-4779

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