1. Is this covered by my insurance?
Most insurance companies cover 70 to 100 percent of both the sleep study and the DME purchase (CPAP). Your coverage depends on your personal insurance plan.
2. Can my spouse spend the night
It is preferred that your spouse not spend the night. A caregiver can spend the night, if you need assistance. He or she will spend the night in an adjoining room and will be woken up to assist you with your needs.
3. How long does the study take?
The study requires at least six hours for actual testing. The time starts when you fall asleep. The study may take up to eight hours if you are being treated for sleep apnea (CPAP machine and mask are applied). You may specify a time you would like to wake up, and we will do our best to ensure we have enough data by then.
4. What do I need to bring to the study? Will I be comfortable?
You need to bring photo identification and your insurance card so that we can make a copy of it. You may also bring your own pillow, if you desire. Bring comfortable sleepwear, along with a book, magazines or anything else you need to be comfortable. We have private rooms, full/queen size beds, cable TV and a VCR/DVD player available in the bedrooms. We do not have movies available here, so please feel free to bring your own movie of choice.
5. What if I am unable to fall asleep?
If you have a strong feeling that you will not be able to sleep, ask your referring physician or Primary Care Practitioner to prescribe a sleep aide, such as Ambien or Sonata, and bring it with you to your study.
6. What if I have to get up to use the bathroom?
No problem; you will simply call us using the intercom in your room, and we will very quickly unhook one snap so that you can move and walk freely. When you are back in bed, we will reconnect you and resume the test.
What Happens Next?
Your provider will fax an order to us for the study. We will then:
- Contact your insurance carrier to verify your coverage and benefits.
- Call you to schedule your appointment and relay your insurance benefit information to you.
- Ask for additional information, such as your address, so that we can mail you informational brochures and a pre-study questionnaire.
Please fill out as much of the questionnaire as you can and bring it with you to your appointment, along with your insurance card.
- Please do not use any products on your hair, such as hair spray or gel, prior to your study.
- Your hair must be dry.
- Do not apply any body lotions.
- You may let us know when you need to get up in the morning, but please remember we need at least six hours of data for the study.
- Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages prior to your appointment.
- Try not to take any naps the day of your appointment.
- Please bring all of your evening and morning medications with you to your appointment.