Do sleep centers offer a sleep study where they perform CPAP and BIPAP at the same time?

This question was asked in Dover, New Jersey on 07/25/2012.
My doctor wants me to have a sleep study but dont want to come back twice for the study. Do you do one where I get the cpap or bipap if needed the same night?

Doctors Answers (4)

Farhad Sigari, MD, FACS
Answered on: 7/27/2012

Usually yes! Have your doctor order a "split night study". In this type of sleep study, they will observe for the first half. And if you do have significant sleep apnea witnessed in the first half, they will apply the CPAP during the second half.

Gary K. Zammit, Ph.D.
Answered on: 7/26/2012

Unfortunately, most centers do not do CPAP and BiPAP titrations on the same night. .CPAP is generally more effective than BiPAP, so it is wise to have CPAP titr ation first, try CPAP at home, and explore other treatments if CPAP is not effective or tolerable.

Ahmad Jalloul, MD
Answered on: 7/26/2012

I believe the correct question may be" Does Falcon Sleep Center do Split Study? i.e.PSG (Baseline Diagnosis and PAP(Cpap or Bipap Titration in same night) . However, the technologists will follow the AASM (American Academy of Sleep Medicine) standards where if more than 40 episodes appear with First two hours it will be switched to Cpap or Bipap titration because a Good PAP titration requires minimum 6 hours. We have relaxed some of the standard requirement to proceed with Split Studies but cannot totally disregard the basic requirement of Diagnosis for the Good of the patient. Let us know if we can help more.

Syed Nabi, M.D.
Answered on: 7/26/2012

Yes. most sleep labs do that. It is done using split night protocol. So if you have severe sleep apnea in the first hours of the night, they will put a CPAP on. CPAP is not guranteed because if apneas don't happen later in the night, then the techs don't have neough time to do a proper titration.