PATIENT RESOURCES

HOME SLEEP TESTING – FAQs

Q: What is a home sleep test (HST)?
A: A home sleep test is a modified sleep study that is self-administered in your home with a portable monitor.

Q: Can I request a home sleep test or is a referral required?
A: OSS does not require a referral from a physician. We encourage patients to contact us directly to schedule a consultation and/or HST. Oregon Sleep Specialists encourages patients to communicate with their primary care providers and will work cohesively with your PCP to make sure your sleep care needs are fulfilled from beginning to end.

Q: Does someone actually come to my home?
A: No. You will meet with an OSS Registered Polysomnograph Technologist (RPSGT) in the office who will guide you through the use and self-administration of your HST machine.

Q: How complicated is it to set up the equipment at home?
A: There are 4 simple steps.

1) Place a belt around your mid-section.
2) Attach a clip on your finger.
3) Apply an airflow sensor under your nose.
4) Turn the machine on.
The portable monitor is user-friendly and our patients have been very pleased with it.
OSS provides you with step-by-step directions to assist you at home.

Q: What if I have trouble when I get home?
A: You will be given a 24-hour number to call if you have any problems or questions.

Q: How many hours do I need to sleep with the monitor?
A: You will need to sleep with the device for a minimum of four (4) hours.

Q: Can I take my medications?
A: Yes, take your medications as prescribed.

Q: Can I wear nail polish?
A: If you wear nail polish, please remove it from the finger you’ll use to wear the pulse oximeter.

Q: Can I have a nap?
A: It is important that you avoid napping on the day of the study.

Q: Can I have caffeine?
A: Avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, colas, energy drinks, chocolates, etc.) after 12:00 noon on the day of the study.

Q: Can I smoke?
A: Do whatever you would normally, however, we recommend that you do not smoke while wearing the device.

AFTER THE HOME SLEEP TEST FAQs

Q: How do I return the equipment?
A: The morning after your HST, the monitor should be dropped off at the location where you received it.

Q: What happens after my sleep study?
A: OSS has a 24-hour turnaround for study results.

TREATMENT OPTIONS FAQs

Q: What if I’m diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
A: If your test results show you have OSA, your doctor will recommend you receive treatment. The most common and most effective treatment is Positive Airway Pressure (PAP).

Q: What type of PAP therapy is available to me?
A: OSS offers a more advanced technology to our patients called auto-CPAP. Auto-CPAP
therapy devices sense your needs and provide variable pressures throughout the night.
As with the other models, auto-CPAP therapy devices are also equipped with various
features that can help make therapy more comfortable.

INSURANCE FAQs

Q: Does my insurance company cover a home sleep test (HST) and therapy?
A: OSS has worked extensively with numerous insurance plans to facilitate coverage for eligible patients needing auto-CPAP therapy equipment.