Doctors Answers (3)
You can call around different sleep labs and get your questions answered. Most sleep labs will be able to do a sleep study with a referral. It is best if you see a sleep speciailist as most primary care physicians are not trained to diagnose and manage sleep disorders.
If you and your primary physician have a strong suspicion that you have significant sleep disordered breathing then referral to a diagnostic sleep center for an overnight evaluation in the lab should take place as soon as possible. After the diagnosis is made then you could follow up with a sleep specialist to help determine the most appropriate mode of therapy for you.
Yes, a sleep study requires a physician referral. Your primary care physician can make the referral. An interpretation will be given to your doctor with recommendations for treatment. Your history is very suggestive of obstructive sleep apnea which is easily treated.