Fairview offers at-home sleep studies for apnea
For years, the best way to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea was to conduct an overnight sleep study in a sleep lab that entailed hooking sensors to the patient to measure everything from brain wave activity to heart rate.
“The home sleep study is designed for people who likely have obstructive sleep apnea without other complex health issues,” explains Scott Barth, manager of Fairview Sleep Centers in Brooklyn Park and Chisago City.
You may be a candidate for a sleep study if you meet some of the following conditions:
• Snore loudly
• Have a neck measurement larger than 16 inches in women and 17 inches in men
• Have a body mass index less than 35
• Have been told that you choke, gasp or stop breathing while you sleep
• Feel excessively tired during the day
How does it work?
A sleep specialist will meet with you to discuss your situation. Then, one of our sleep medicine providers will verify that you qualify. If you do, our care team will work with you to make an appointment to pick up the home sleep study equipment, show you how to use it, and schedule a follow-up appointment. You take the equipment home and bring it back the following day, or in some cases, after a few days.
Simple and easy to use
According to Barth, the equipment is very easy to use—consisting of a sensor that sits under your nose, a wireless oxygen monitor on your finger, and two belts on your chest and abdomen that help measure your breathing. A small electronic device, about the size of a wallet, clips to the belt across your abdomen.
“All of the equipment is battery operated and self-contained,” says Barth. “You’re completely mobile and can get up out of bed any time you wish.”
Shortly after your home sleep study, a sleep medicine provider will review your study and work with you to develop a treatment plan. If use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is indicated, one will be prescribed for you, and, if you wish, we can get you set up on the equipment that best meets your needs. If results show that your condition is more complex, an overnight sleep study in a sleep laboratory may be recommended. "All of this will be done with a process that ensures the highest quality of care," says Barth.
Costs and insurance coverage
The whole idea is to provide a high quality, cost-effective service on your terms, that helps you feel better fast. “Medicare and several major insurance companies cover home sleep studies," says Barth. "Check with your insurer to see if you qualify. Often, if you have a high deductible or high co-payments, the cost of a home sleep study, at less than $500, may be less than what you would pay out-of-pocket for a study conducted in a sleep center.”
Benefits of treatment
“We know when sleep apnea is left untreated, there are serious health consequences, including increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke,” says Conrad Iber, MD, program medical director for Fairview Sleep Centers. “We believe by making overnight sleep studies more convenient and less costly, we can help more people with obstructive sleep apnea lead longer and healthier lives.”
For more information, call 612-273-5000.