Do I need a referral from a doctor to go to sleep clinic or get a sleep study?

This question was asked in Williams, Arizona on 10/01/2012.
I am a stomach sleeper who snores and think I might have sleep apnea.

Doctors Answers (3)

Marjorie Yong, M.D.
Answered on: 10/2/2012

Yes. Snoring on your stomach is not a good sign. You probably do have sleep apnea. Very important to be evaluated and treated for this medical problem. It causes a multitude of health problems all of which are completely preventable with proper treatment.

Anil Mattoo, MD
Answered on: 10/2/2012

Yes, we do need a prescription from a physician. Depending on your insurance, we may also need a referral, but we take care of getting that.

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 10/2/2012

You have two options to get a referral to a sleep lab for a sleep study. One, your primary care physician can either refer you directly to a sleep lab or send you for a consult to a board certified sleep physician who will make the arrangements and assist with treatment and follow up. Two, you may find a board certified sleep physician who will see you without being referred by another physician. You can find a sleep doctor through a Google search or through I agree that if you snore while sleeping on your stomach you are at high risk for having obstructive sleep apnea.