How do I get a sleep study?

This question was asked in Colorado Springs, Colorado on 12/12/2012.
I was diagnosed with sleep apnea about 4 years ago but lost my insurance and therefore my machine. I now have insurance and was hoping to get retested and get back on treatment. What is the protocol for doing so? How long will the sleep study last?

Doctors Answers (3)

Jana P. Kaimal, MD, FCCP
Answered on: 12/20/2012

It is simple! Call an office to schedule an appointment. We can review your past treatment levels and determine if a new sleep study is needed.

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 12/17/2012

In most cities, any physician can order a sleep study which is then interpreted by a board certified sleep specialist. It sounds as though you need a CPAP titration study. The sleep study lasts from about 9 PM to about 6 AM.

Jeannine Louise Gingras, MD
Answered on: 12/13/2012

First you will have to be evaluated by a sleep physician. If you have the results of your first test, depending on your insurance, you may not need another sleep study to re-document. You may be able to resume treatment then in follow-up determine whether you need another sleep study/CPAP.