Home Sleep Apnea Testing  

Home sleep apnea testing provides our board-certified sleep medicine physician (Dr. Clerk) with the information he needs to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. It allows you to sleep at home wearing equipment that collects information about how you breathe during sleep.

Note: Home sleep tests are primarily used to diagnose patients with obstructive sleep apnea. A sleep physician will recommend a HST only if it is believed that the patient has a very likely chance that they have moderate to severe sleep apnea. This is because HST's tend to under-diagnose breathing disorders. If a patient has mild to low-moderate sleep apnea, the test may falsely conclude that the patient doesn't have sleep apnea, or conclude that the patient's sleep apnea is not as prevalent as it really is.

It's EASY to take our sleep apnea test from the comforts of your own home, in your own bed.

When you pick up the home apnea testing device, you will meet with a licensed polysomnographic technician or respiratory therapist who will explain everything and answer any question you might have. We also have technicians available all night long if you have any difficulty or questions or concerns! 


When you bring it back the following day, the data will be reviewed and interpreted by Dr. Clerk.

This is a self-administered test. Please watch the ApneaLink Air user video and read all directions before beginning your test.

If you experience an emergency during your home sleep test, do not call or return to SleepMSPlease call 911 immediately.

Troubleshooting Tips & General Info

  • Unless your provider has recommended differently, you can take all of your medications per your usual routine

  • Leave the equipment on at all times, including when you go to the restroom for a consistent flow of data

  • The equipment should be completely powered down in the morning

  • If the light changes from GREEN to RED, this typically indicates a piece of equipment has come loose. Please check the placement of the following items and adjust them until the light turns back to green.

    • Oximeter – monitor on your finger

    • Cannula – the plastic tubing that sits under your nose

    • Belt – the strap around your chest

  • If the light switches to RED and this cannot be resolved, in most instances the test will need to be repeated. Please bring the device back to the office and we can analyze the data and let you know if it needs to be repeated.

  • If the batteries are depleted, please replace the batteries.

    • ResMed ApneaLink Air (Gray device bag) – 2 AAA batteries.

  • If you are having difficulty with your home sleep test, please contact our support staff before 11pm at (408) 295-4532.

For questions, read the ResMed ApneaLink Air manufacturer's instructions included in your kit. If you have misplaced your copy, 

 

Click the link here for online copy.

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