There are multiple ways to test for a sleep disorder. Complex testing in a sleep lab is called a Polysomnography Test (PSG). PSG is the gold standard of testing for a sleep disorder. A PSG is expensive and complex, but necessary for the diagnosis of some sleep disorders.
Recently, we have been able to conduct Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT) which is an effective, low-cost alternative to a sleep study performed in a lab. The main benefit of an HSAT is that you can sleep better and have a more representative night’s sleep in your bed. HSATs are easy to use and have a 95% accuracy for the diagnosis of sleep apnea.
Prior to initiating the HSAT process, it is important to discuss your concerns with your primary care physician (PCP). Please print and complete the Expert Sleep Quiz in the Sleep Disorder Screening section and discuss the results with your PCP. If you exhibit multiple sleep symptoms, your PCP may refer you to a sleep expert for a Home Sleep Apnea Test.
What to Expect During Your Home Sleep Apnea Test:
- Once your insurance approves the sleep test, you can pick up your HSAT at any of our locations.
- Our staff will instruct you how to use the HSAT unit.
- The HSAT unit will loosely secure to your chest along with breathing, oxygen level, and heart rate monitors.
- You will use the HSAT for one to two nights to ensure there is enough sleep data.
- Overall, it is very patient friendly and easy to use in the comfort of your home.
Currently, we use the Philips Respironics G3 Night One Home Sleep Testing Unit. Watch the video below to learn how to set up the unit:
- After completing the test, you can return the HSAT unit to our office.
- A sleep technician will score your test, and then the physician reviews the raw data to evaluate for any abnormalities.
- Our sleep technician will call with the results and treatment options or an appointment with a sleep doctor may be scheduled.