Patients Frequently Asked Questions
Does Insurance pay for the Test?
CMS(Medicare) approved coverage in 2008. Most insurance companies have already followed suit, but there are a few stragglers that are trying to catch up. We have been in talks with the few that do not cover Home Sleep Test and most of them have it on their agenda, but are still trying to adjust to some of the other changes in the healthcare system and it hasn’t quite made it to the top of the list. The best way to find out is to call the member services phone number on the back of your insurance card.
Do I have to do anything differently the day of the test?
First, you should try to limit caffeine and alcohol intake 24 hours before the test and try not to take a nap the day of the test. Also, if you are a caregiver for an infant or a bedridden individual, you should make alternate arrangements for the night of the test. Finally, go to bed at your normal time and get a good night’s sleep.
What if a sensor falls off in the middle of the night?
Immediately put the sensor back on as it will continue to record your data.
Do I have to turn the device on and off?
No, our device automatically turns off. There are no buttons.
How does snoring indicate Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Snoring noise is produced when the air you breathe vibrates the tissues of the airway due to a blockage or narrowing of the airways (nose, mouth, or throat). Snoring is the primary indicator of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Airway blockage may be caused by excess tissue in the throat or nasal passages, large tonsils, a large tongue and sometimes the structure of the jaw itself.
Why is Obstructive Sleep Apnea a serious problem?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder that involves a decrease or complete halt in airflow despite an ongoing effort to breathe. It occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing soft tissue in the back of the throat to collapse and block the upper airway. This leads to partial reductions (hypopneas) and complete pauses (apneas) in breathing that last at least 10 seconds during sleep. Most pauses last between 10 and 30 seconds, but some may persist for one minute or longer. This can lead to abrupt reductions in blood oxygen saturation, with oxygen levels falling as much as 40 percent or more in severe cases. The brain responds to the lack of oxygen by alerting the body causing a brief arousal from sleep that restores normal breathing. This pattern can occur hundreds of times in one night. The result is a fragmented quality of sleep that often produces an excessive level of daytime sleepiness. The most common Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Waking up feeling exhausted from a normal night of sleep
- Morning headaches
- Morning dry mouth
Symptoms that your bed partner is likely aware of are:
- Frequent episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep
- Choking or gurgling sound
Long term symptoms:
- Chronic elevation of blood pressure or hypertension
- Increased risk of stroke
- Higher rate of death due to heart disease
- Impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance
- Mood changes
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Increased risk of being involved in a deadly motor vehicle accident
- Disturbed sleep of the bed partner
- Learning and memory problems
- Poor mental and emotional health
Am I eligible for a Home Sleep Test?
Home Sleep Testing is a recognized procedure for the diagnosis and/or monitoring of sleep disordered breathing. Devices such as the MediByte® help detect Obstructive Sleep Apnea in most people. If you meet the following criteria, you can take a Home Sleep Test.
- You are between 18 and 65 years of age
- You snore or are at risk of mild, moderate or severe sleep apnea
- You have any serious medical conditions that require consistent monitoring
What are the treatment options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Treatment options include:
- Use of a CPAP machine
- Use of an Oral Appliance
- Weight loss
- Oropharyngeal exercises
- Surgical procedure