What is a Home Sleep Apnea Test?
The HSAT is an at-home test to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. Many insurance providers require home sleep testing in the initial evaluation of obstructive sleep apnea. This test has some advantages, as it is more cost-effective and also convenient allowing the patient to test while sleeping in the comfort of their home. A home sleep test does not provide as much information as an in lab sleep study but there are instances where is it is useful.
A home sleep test is not ideal for every patient and there are limitations to this test. It is not useful to detect sleep disorders other than obstructive sleep apnea. In addition, it sometimes is not able to detect mild obstructive sleep apnea.
If your insurance requires home testing prior to in lab testing, our office can help you with your HSAT test, ensuring you get the test you need to accurately diagnose your sleep problem.
How It Works
We offer home sleep testing directly through our office. Most of our patients are able to take home the equipment the day of their initial consult, so that we can expedite your diagnosis and treatment. Our equipment is very easy to use and you will receive instructions from a member of the sleep team on how to use the home sleep apnea test device. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions if there is anything you do not understand. You can go to sleep at your regular bedtime. When you are ready to sleep, you will attach the sensors to your body as instructed. You may be asked to keep a sleep log or to press a button on the machine when you get into bed. When you wake up in the morning, you can remove the sensors.
Getting the Results
Members of the sleep team will score and interpret the information collected through home sleep apnea testing. This may take several days or weeks. You sleep doctor will contact you to discuss your results at your scheduled consultation. If the results are unclear, the physician may recommend an in-lab sleep study.
You may need an additional in-lab sleep study if:
Your home sleep apnea test did not record enough data for a physician to make a diagnosis
Your home sleep apnea test results indicate that you do not have obstructive sleep apnea and the physician suspects another sleep disorder