Do I need a sleep study for sleep apnea?

This question was asked in Chicago, Illinois on 02/06/2013.
Do I need to have a sleep study done for possible sleep apnea diagnosis/cpap prescription?

Doctors Answers (10)

Jana P. Kaimal, MD, FCCP
Answered on: 4/5/2013 7

Yes, you need a sleep study for sleep apnea.

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 2/18/2013

Yes, you should have a sleep study to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. You will need a prescription from a physician to refer you to a sleep lab.

Timothy J. Delcambre, DDS, MHA
Answered on: 2/8/2013 4

Yes, a sleep study is the only way to properly diagnose sleep apnea and prescribe a CPAP.

Ramie A. Tritt, M.D., FRCSC
Answered on: 2/7/2013 1

The quick answer is Yes. You need a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea, and the severity of your sleep apnea so that appropriate treatment is given.

Joseph Lee, DDS, FICOI
Answered on: 2/7/2013 1

Yes you do. You would need a reason for medical necessity and also to get a baseline measure for any conditions you may have.

Robert C. Jones, M.D.
Answered on: 2/7/2013 1

Yes. In order for a diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea to be determined a sleep study must be done. If the results of the sleep study show that CPAP is indicated you are then eligible for CPAP treatment.

Courtney Whitney, DO
Answered on: 2/7/2013 1

Yes, a sleep study is required to diagnosis someone with sleep apnea. A diagnosis of sleep apnea is required to be prescribed a CPAP. Depending on your case, home sleep study testing can be used to diagnosis sleep apnea and qualify you for a CPAP.

Terry M. Himes, DO
Answered on: 2/7/2013 1

Yes, you need a Physicians diagnosis and prescription for the first line treatment of CPAP.

Faryl K. Hart, DDS
Answered on: 2/7/2013 1

Yes, the first step is having a diagnosis from a Doctor of Sleep Apnea. CPAP is one treatment of Sleep Apnea, but oral appliance therapy is another less evasive option. Our Dentist offers a complementary initial appointment to discuss signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea. She also shows our patients the oral appliance we recommend, and discuss the benefits of the device. If the patient is ready to proceed, an impression will be taken during the appointment. In about 3-4 weeks the appliance will come back from the lab. Talk to your primary care physician and/or sleep physician today. Sleep Apnea is a serious medical condition, if left untreated it could have dire consequences.

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 2/7/2013 1

Yes. A sleep study with diagnosis and CPAP titration is required for a physician to order the needed equipment and the correct pressure.