I got a call from my doctors office today saying that they couldn’t find a pressure that worked properly during my sleep test and I was being referred to a pulmonologist. I called the place that did my sleep test and was told that they had to turn the pressure up to high and it was causing me to have problems breathing and that I might need to do another one with a BiPAP. But I was told I was using a BiPAP when I was asked to try sleeping on my back. But the sleep test place then said usually they do a cpap the first night. So right now I am very frustrated and confused, and tired. Hopefully I can get into the specialist soon.
It definitely does threaten their business. For good reason. I thought they were in the healthcare business though, so shouldn’t the health of people be more important?
It sounds like sort of a scam then to still require people to go thru all this and be forced to when auto setting exists. It seems like it should be step one, verify you have sleep apnea. Step two, get an auto cpap with different masks to try. Step 3 if still no sleeping good, seek help. I am going to call the sleep lab tomorrow and ask for the results be emailed to me when they are done. Thanks for the suggestion.
Thanks again for all the help! I thought the nose only mask I used for the test was pretty comfortable. It had large nose inserts that widened my nostrils. I wish I knew the pressure I ended up at, but I guess I will sometime soon. I only have an iPad but I could get a cheap laptop to use for data results.
I don’t travel a lot, maybe 1 or 2 trips a year, but what is flying with a cpap like? And the cpaps with auto mode, is that a mode that sets the pressure itself? If so why are sleep tests necessary?
I also wanted to say waiting to get a cpap after you used one sucks! I am soooooo much more tired today then I was sleeping with one for the first time in a strange environment with people watching me lol. Waiting 7 to 10 days before they even contact my dr with the results is ridiculous.
Thank you for the information! I don’t know anyone that uses a cpap so this is all very helpful. My insurance pays 100%, but not until I’ve reached my $5000 deductible for the year. The sleep test will be about half my deductible, so it depends on how much my cpap machine ends up being. I wanted to ask a few questions the morning after my sleep test but after I got ready for work I couldn’t find any staff and just left the questionnaire they had for me on the bed. I wanted to ask if I was using a BiPAP the whole night or what. I was also curious what machine it was since it worked for me to see if I could get one of those. I thought healthcare was 100% covered in Canada, but you had to pay out of pocket?
Hi. I did an at home sleep test a few weeks ago to verify I have sleep apnea and was told I stop breathing 90+ times an hour for 10 seconds or more. So last night I spent the night in a sleep center. I started with a nose only mask. After about, I’m guessing, an hour to an hour an a half I feel asleep and did not wake until they woke me up to try sleeping on my back. At this point the pressures as much higher than when I feel asleep and was caught off guard and was having difficulty. They brought in a full mask to try, but after 20 seconds of that I wanted to give the nose one another go. Now, being more awake and understanding the situation, I chilled out and after 30, guessing again, minutes I fell asleep until I woke up on my own a couple of minutes before 6 AM when they were going to wake me up anyway.
Now I am waiting to hear back from my doctor to go see him, discuss the results, and go buy I assume a BiPAP machine since that’s what I was using. At least at the end, I have no idea if I started on the same machine. My deductible is $5000, and my insurance pays 100% of the sleep test and for the machine once that is met. I believe the sleep test is going to be around $2400. Not sure about the machine, I have only looked at prices online.
I am looking for advise, tips, pointers, things I should ask, whatever. I don’t know anything going forward other than I am really looking forward to getting some good nights sleep again! Anything any of you can tell me is much appreciated!