Getting Tested for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Great Days Start With a Good Night’s Sleep
Do you feel like you are always tired or sleepy? Does your partner complain about your snoring? Do you wake up with morning headaches? Now’s the time to do something about it. Obstructive sleep apnea can have serious, potentially life-threatening implications.
Finding the cause of your symptoms is the first step and a simply in-home sleep test can help determine the cause. Let Vitalistics help you get started in determining if you need treatment!
Self-Screening for Symptoms — Get started by using the Berlin Questionnaire or Epworth Sleepiness Scale to do a self-screening for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you score high on these screenings or are still suspect that you may have OSA, you will need to schedule an appointment and discuss your symptoms with your physician. Print out the screening tools, complete them, and take them with you to your appointment so your physician can review them. It’s a good idea to also print out our physician’s order form and take it to your appointment as well.
Schedule and Appointment with Your Physician — During your visit, give your completed assessment tools to your primary care physician and discuss your symptoms. You should also discuss your testing options and if Home Sleep Testing (HST) is appropriate for your situation. If your physician wants to order a home sleep test, you may give him/her the order form you printed out and have him/her complete it. Your physician can also use their own order form if they choose. The order form will need to be faxed to Vitalistics™ so we can process your order. Our fax number is 844.550.9971.
Schedule Your Test — We will call you to schedule your test. Please be sure you have the following available for insurance verification and scheduling: your address; date of birth; current and accurate height and weight; and current insurance card(s) including Medicare and/or any secondary coverage you might have.
Complete Your Test — The testing device will be shipped to you via the U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail. To complete the test, simply follow the enclosed instructions. Once the test is complete, return the testing device to Vitalistics in the enclosed, prepaid shipping envelope. Vitalistics will send the interpreted test results to your physician as soon as it is available, typically 2-3 days of receipt.
- Berlin Questionnaire — Validated screening tool for obstructive sleep apnea signs and symptoms.
- Epworth Sleepiness Scale — Validated screening tool for obstructive sleep apnea signs.
- Home Sleep Test Order Form — Your physician must complete and sign an order form and fax it to Vitalistics to order the test. We can provide an order form for convenience.
- Patient Guide — Instructions for doing your home sleep test.