What Happens After Your Sleep Study?
We know you are anxious to find out the results of your sleep study. Here’s what’s you need to know about your results.
After the study, your results will be compiled, scored and sent to a sleep specialists to interpret. Your referring physician will also receive the signed interpretation once that is available.
We ask that you do not call for results for at least 7 – 10 business days. Once we have your results back from the sleep specialist, you will be contacted to set another appointment to learn the results.
If you have sleep apnea, we will order a second sleep study called a Titration. At the second sleep study you will be fitted with different masks and will undergo therapy with a CPAP machine.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airways Pressure) is the “gold standard” of treatment for sleep apnea and is a safe and effective treatment. It is the treatment of choice for sleep apnea particularly when oxygen desaturations during sleep are present (low oxygen).
During this Titration study the technologist will be observing you at different CPAP pressure levels to see which level controls your breathing and increases your oxygen levels. This is considered an “optimal pressure.” The goal of any Titration study is to find an optimal pressure to alleviate your sleep apnea.
After your Titration study, your results will be compiled, scored and sent to a sleep specialist to interpret and the results will be sent to the referring physician when they are available.
Many patients who have sleep apnea prefer to go through a trial CPAP treatment before seeing the physician for follow-up after the sleep study. We recommend you see your doctor within 6-8 weeks for a follow up after your Titration study to assess your response to the equipment. This is so you and the doctor can make an informed decision together about your treatment after having tried the CPAP for a period at home. Your physician may want you to come in sooner.
If, during the trial of CPAP treatment, you find the equipment is not effective, your sleep specialist may recommend other forms of treatment. It is important to note that most insurance plans require a 90-day trial of CPAP therapy before they will approve a different type of treatment for sleep apnea.
If you have any other identifiable sleep disorders other than sleep apnea your sleep specialist will discuss treatment options available to you at the time of your appointment.