Patient Information

US Sleep Diagnostics is a "direct to patient" provider of portable home sleep testing. US Sleep is compliant with the AASM and Federal IDTF Standards of Practice.

 

Quick Overview of What to Expect
Once the Alice PDx device is delivered unpack the unit. Included should be:

Paperwork

·Patient Authorization Form (click here)

·HIPPA Patient Information of Records Form (click here)

·HIPPA Signed Consent Form Required (click here)

Instructional DVD, illustration, and written instructions

Device and Components

·Device

·Nasal Canula

·2 zRip Belts

·Finger Clip on SPO2


How many nights will I use the device? You will use the device for two nights. Multi-night studies are not only utilized to work through what is known as the "first-night effect" but more importantly it allows for a good collection of scientific data.

Who is a candidate for Home Sleep Testing (HST)? HST is recommended for patients with clinical symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Patients with diabetes, hypertension and symptoms of insomnia are candidates as well.

How quickly will I receive my results? Upon receiving the Alice PDx unit, US Sleep Diagnostic will download the data and provide it to a board certified sleep physician for interpretation. Once the sleep physician has completed his interpretation, we will fax the results to your ordering physician. This process typically takes two to five days to complete.

What does the Alice PDx Device measure? The Alice PDx device is the "gold standard" in portable sleep testing. It is the only portable diagnostic device fully compliant with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommendations for portable monitoring with two RIP technology channels.

·SP02 (oxygen saturation)

·Heart rate

·Air flow

·Effort

·Snoring

·Position

How much does the Home Sleep Test cost? While traditional in-lab studies are between $2,000 and $5,000 per night, the cost of a HST is $400 per night.

Does insurance pay for the test? Many insurance carriers are starting to provide coverage for the home test because of the cost savings over the in-lab test.

Do I do anything differently the day of the test? No, however, we recommend you try to limit caffeine and alcohol intake 24 hours before the test and try not to take a nap the day of the test. Other than this follow your normal bedtime routine and go to bed at your normal time and get a good night sleep.

How does snoring indicate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)? Snoring and OSA are similar respiratory sleep disorders. The noise produced when snoring occurs when the air you breathe vibrates the tissues of the airway because of a blockage or narrowing of the nose, mouth or throat. It can be an indicator of the more serious Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It occurs when your breathing regularly stops or is slowed for 10 seconds or longer because of the blocked or narrowed airways. Airway blockage may be caused by excess tissue in the throat or nasal passages, large tonsils, enlarged tongue and sometimes the jaw structure itself.

Why is Obstructive Sleep Apnea a serious problem? The brain will automatically arouse you enough to start breathing again when your breathing stops because of OSA. These constant arousals result in fragmented sleep that robs your body of the rest it needs to function properly during the day. OSA is classified as mild, moderate or severe depending on the number of stops (apnea) or slow breathing (hypopnea) per hour.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea include:

·Excessive daytime sleepiness

·Waking up feeling exhausted after a normal night’s sleep

·Headaches

·Depression

Symptoms your bed partner is aware of:

·Frequent episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep

·Snoring, gasps, choking or gurgling sounds

·Bruxism (teeth grinding)

Long-term symptoms include:

·Increased risk of hypertension or cardiovascular disease

·Sexual dysfunction

·Compromised immune system

·Irritability

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866-304-5630
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