how do they test you for sleep-apnea

By highlandcitygirl Latest Reply 2008-11-22 02:18:16 -0600
Started 2008-11-20 19:15:36 -0600

i think i need to be tested.but am worried. do they put a bunch of wires on you? i would be constantly getting up to go to the bathroom!

22 replies

Petrea 2008-11-22 02:18:16 -0600 Report

If you are going to have a testing done, try to go to an AASM Accredited Sleep Disorders Center. Some insurances in some states won't pay unless it has been done in an AASM accredited facility. The difference is in an accredited sleep disorders center they are more comprehensive & have more diagnositc tests for patients with symptoms of one or more variety of different sleep disorders. A sleep lab provides diagnostic & treatment services limited to sleep related breathing disorders like obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. There are a number of different sleep disorders besides sleep apnea so if you have a chance to go to one of these accredited facilities, I hope you can go. I know it costs a lot of money, I just have Medicare & no other insurance.

2008-11-21 21:41:38 -0600 Report

My dr. has suggested that I take a sleep apnea test. I just haven't done it yet. Members of my family have and they didn't have any problems.

dj7110 2008-11-21 19:20:56 -0600 Report

you just want to make sure the test is covered by your insurance.. as not all policies cover the test and it is quite expensive.. if you test possitive you will get a nasal or mask machine to wear that will help you sleep at night. They first set me up with the nasal set up but neglected i had sinus trouble from time to time so when insurance was available to help out the next time I got the mask style instead.

highlandcitygirl 2008-11-21 19:30:02 -0600 Report

thank you for your reply, i think i would do better with the mask also. and i will be sure to check my insurace.

sparkysmom 2008-11-21 20:26:21 -0600 Report

I have tried several masks and have 2 that I use on a regular basis. I use nasal pillows at times mostly I use regular mask. I'm too claustrophobic for a full face mask.

dj7110 2008-11-21 20:59:58 -0600 Report

good ? I would ask them at the testing place if they would let you experimit with both to see what suits ya better.. but normaly they use the nasal and set you up with this at first as it is the cheapist and why they go thia way with it.

2008-11-21 21:43:57 -0600 Report

I have gotten some free supplies from a company named United States Medical Supplies. They accepted both medicare and medicaid and took care of all the paperwork. You might try contacting them.

BethP 2008-11-22 00:38:57 -0600 Report

I was tested last June for sleep apnea. I resisted going for soooo long! I also thought I would be claustrophobic with a mask. Make sure you have the doctors office get authorization BEFORE you may want to call your insurance company and confirm also. Luckily, my insurance covered all but a $40 co-pay. About time it paid!! There are 2 types of testing evidentally…make sure you tell them you want to "titrate" the machine during your test. That way , if you do have sleep apnea, they can determine which device (nasal, mask) is best for you and adjust the machine to the best pressure for you (all in one visit). Anyway, the test is very simple…I was afraid I wouldnt be able to sleep in another bed, with all the wires and stuff. Well…no problem! I acutally had more problem with the nasal than the full mask. Whatever you do…make your appointment! Sleep apnea is alot more dangerous than I realized. My blood pressure has come down to 100/70 since using the mask. I no longer fall asleep all day at a drop. It was really bad..I would have to pull over into a neighborhood when driving because I was so sleepy. could never get enough sleep. No longer an issue!

BethP 2008-11-22 00:40:01 -0600 Report

Misery..that would probably depend on the doctor. I'm sure there are specialists that accept medicare/medicaid.

Petrea 2008-11-21 02:28:22 -0600 Report

I just had another sleep study last week. I have been having them since 1984 & the technology has improved so much since then. There are a lot of wires but it is no big deal & it takes about 45 minutes to get them all attached. I had to be there at 7:30 at nite they had me get in my p.j.s & then you can just relax & watch t.v. or read or whatever. The rooms aren't like hospital rooms more like pretty motel rooms As far as going to the bathroom, they expect that & will come in & unhook you. To me, they are like little mini vacations & the tests don't hurt!

highlandcitygirl 2008-11-21 12:17:43 -0600 Report

that did it! i need a vacation!

2008-11-21 12:33:47 -0600 Report

Hi Petrea,
What if a person has trouble going to
sleep? And have to take sleep aids.

2008-11-21 22:43:19 -0600 Report

Thank you Judy,
I wanted to get it done, but knew I
couldn't sleep without sleep aids. Now
I thank I will have it done.

sparkysmom 2008-11-20 19:45:15 -0600 Report

Mine was done at a Sleep Center. I had a private room much like a Hotel room including a TV. You can bring your own PJs and pillows.There were a lot of wires but no problem getting up to go (which I did about 4 times).

highlandcitygirl 2008-11-20 19:50:07 -0600 Report

you guys are wonderful! i just keep putting things off because of embarresment. i think i'll get it done soon as i can after thanksgiving!

2008-11-20 19:35:11 -0600 Report

Hi, The sleep study is done at a hospital or a clinic and yes you are attached to multiple wires but if I remember right, it was portable so getting up to go to the bathroom wouldn't be a problem. Or you just call the nurse and tell her you have to get up and they'll unhook you. Not a big deal.

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