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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sleep Apnea?


Obstructive sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by the airway becoming blocked repeatedly during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times per night. This can cause you to choke and gasp during sleep with loud snoring. Sleep Apnea also causes your oxygen to drop and is associated with several other medical conditions including high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, stroke, diabetes, and depression. Just as important, sleep apnea can cause you to feel tired during the day, especially when you are sitting idle, such as at a computer or driving. This can put you at risk of accidents while driving, and is one of the most important reasons that people with sleep apnea should get treatment.




How does the home sleep test work?


The home sleep test provides a convenient home-based alternative to the traditional sleep test that takes place in a sleep lab. The device has sensors which monitor your breathing, oxygen level, and heart to determine if you have sleep apnea. You will use the device for one night, then place the device in the pre-paid return envelope. The doctor will then carefully review the test and inform you of the results through the patient portal.




Who can get the home sleep test, how do I qualify?


Most people will qualify for the home sleep test. However there are certain situations in which the test can not provide a valid result, the most common is when people use supplemental oxygen during sleep.




Can I get a refund if I change my mind or if I do not qualify for the test?


After you purchase your test and set up a virtual consultation appointment, we will send you a pre-appointment questionnaire to determine if the home sleep test would be appropriate for you. If you do not qualify for the test at that time, or if you simply change your mind, the home sleep test will be cancelled and you will be issued a full refund. Once the consultation appointment has been performed and you do not qualify for the test (or you decide to cancel) you will be issued a refund minus a consultation fee of $50. Please see Terms and Conditions at checkout for further details.




How do I use the home sleep test?


Before performing the sleep test we ask that you read the included instructions and watch the instructional video (link) available on our site. If you have problems or questions with the test you can call our number, even after hours someone will be available to answer your questions.




How is sleep apnea treated?


There are several treatments available for sleep apnea. The most common is the CPAP device which we can prescribe for you if it is needed. Other options include dental devices which can be placed by a qualified dentist, positional therapy, palatal surgery, and an implanted nerve stimulator. The appropriate treatment will be indicated in your report after the doctor reviews your sleep study. If the doctor recommends a CPAP device, this prescription will be sent to a local medical equipment company. We can also provide the prescription to you directly if you would like to purchase your own device.




What if I need follow up?


A follow up appointment may be required by your insurance, or in some cases recommended by the doctor. You can make an appointment at any time by using our online appointment scheduler (link). The cost for routine follow up appointments for cash paying patients (not using insurance) is $49.




In what states do you see patients?


Sleep Doc Direct is currently licensed to provide medical services in North Carolina, Michigan, and Nebraska.




Do you accept insurance?


Yes! We accept several insurances, including Medicare, and the list is growing every month. Contact Us if you like to inquire as to whether we accept your insurance. You should contact your insurance to see whether they cover home sleep testing and telehealth services.