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Home sleep testing, or HST, is a procedure that can be completed outside of the normal sleep lab setting to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). On most occasions, the test is performed in the patient’s home, which can be more comfortable and convenient for them. Dr. Jain understands many people may delay getting help for their sleep problem if they feel uncomfortable with the idea of having to spend the night at a sleep lab. So, to provide the care you need, Dr. Jain and the team offer home sleep testing.
The HST procedure involves the patient wearing special monitoring equipment while they sleep. This equipment consists of a nasal cannula, flow sensor, ear-clip pulse oximeter and a recording device. The nasal cannula is typically connected to the flow sensor and the recording device, while the ear-clip pulse oximeter monitors oxygen levels in the body during sleep.
At Westmoreland Sleep Medicine, Dr. Jain specializes in conducting home sleep testing and will evaluate your data in order to make a diagnosis. After a HST, Dr. Jain may suggest lifestyle modifications or therapies that can help reduce symptoms of OSA.
If you would like more information about how an at-home sleep disorder test can help you find relief, Dr. Jain and the team at Westmoreland Sleep Medicine are here to help. Schedule your first consultation with us online and we'll get you started on the road to better sleep.
If you are identified by Dr. Jain as a patient eligible for Home Sleep Testing, you will meet with a staff member right after the consultation who will instruct you on the set-up and operation of the home testing equipment.
After completing the testing for one night, you will return the equipment to the center. If the results prove positive for OSA, you will be required to complete either an “in-lab” CPAP treatment study, or proceed with an Auto-Cpap unit setup.
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled with Dr. Jain.
Patients who are deemed to be “uncomplicated”, and have a high probability of being diagnosed with moderate to severe OSA are likely to be good candidates for this type of testing.
Patients presenting with heart failure, serious lung disease (COPD), neuromuscular disorders, heart disease or various other sleep disorders would be better candidates for performing their study in the sleep lab setting. Several other exclusions to HST exist, which is why an evaluation by Dr Jain is required prior to performing the home study.
HST cannot be used to diagnose any sleep disorder other than OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). It is not appropriate for pediatric patients, and it should only be performed after a comprehensive evaluation has been completed by a qualified sleep specialist such as Dr. Jain.
If the HST is negative for OSA, further testing or a follow-up visit will be arranged with Dr. Jain depending on your specific situation.
Yes, Dr. Jain is in network and accepted by all major health insurers including Highmark BCBS, UPMC, United, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Tricare, Medicare, Medicaid and Advantra. Currently, most insurance payors in our area cover home sleep testing. All home studies will be pre-certified, if necessary, with your insurance carrier following your consultation visit.
To view our full list of accepted providers, visit our Insurance page, and don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff with any questions.
Westmoreland Sleep Medicine makes it easy to get started on your road to better sleep. Just use our online scheduling tool to request your first consultation with Dr. Jain at a time that’s right for you.