There are several different types of sleep testing used to optimize sleep health and wellness. The type of testing needed depends on your individual needs. At Texas Sleep, your doctor will work with you to help determine what kind of testing is best for you. Some testing may be done in the comfort of your own home, while other tests are done in our accredited sleep lab.
At Texas Sleep, we understand that spending the night away from home can seem daunting. Our private bedrooms have been designed to feel like you are staying in a nice hotel. We strive to make your experience at our sleep lab as comfortable as possible. We offer tours of our facility led by our manager to help alleviate any concerns you may have.
We offer sleep studies each night of the week with time slots at 8:30 and 9:30 in the evening. We recommend bringing comfortable pajamas, toiletries, and a change of clothes for the morning. We have bottled water for your convenience. You may also bring a book or electronic device for entertainment during the setup process.
Upon arrival to the sleep lab, your certified sleep technician will introduce themselves and gather general information from you. You may be asked to fill out a simple questionnaire if you haven’t already completed one in the office. The sleep technician will then connect wires to your head, neck, and extremities. The wires are connected to monitoring devices which allow us to collect data. After this is completed, you can relax while you prepare for sleep. While you are sleeping, the sleep technician remains awake and will monitor all the information that is being collected including: brain waves to determine which stage of sleep you are in, air flow from the mouth and nose, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, heart rate, body position, eye movements, snoring sounds, leg movements, and breathing events.
Upon awakening in the morning, you will be disconnected from the wires so you can get dressed and ready for the day.
After discussion with your doctor, a home sleep test (HST) may be used to help screen you for sleep apnea. You will take home the HST device after a brief training and put it on just prior to going to sleep that night. The HST measures heart rate, oxygen saturation, and apneas; but cannot give information about stages of sleep or leg movements. If more complicated breathing disorders are suspected, an in lab sleep test may be a better choice.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea either by a home sleep test or an in lab sleep test, a PAP titration study is indicated in order to prescribe you with the right machine, mask, and pressure. This type of test is very similar to a regular in lab sleep study, however during a titration, your certified sleep tech will fit you for a mask and slowly adjust the pressure on the PAP device until your apneas and snoring are resolved. The information gathered in this type of study will assist the sleep physician in prescribing the right settings for your machine.
Providing Sleep Products and Supplies
At Texas Sleep, we pride ourselves with stocking the latest and best products when it comes to PAP equipment, masks, and supplies. For patients with commercial insurance, we are a one stop shop for all your equipment and supply needs. For Medicare patients, we work closely with local DME companies to get you the products you need quickly.