Order A Home Sleep Study for Your Child
- FDA-approved for diagnosing sleep apnea in children.
- Available for children ages 7 and up.
- Avoid the long wait time, expense, and hassle of an in-lab pediatric sleep study.
Kid's Home Sleep Study Program FAQs:
How do I order an at home sleep study for my child?
- The easiest way to order a sleep apnea test is to fill out and submit the online pediatric sleep study order form. We'd also be happy to assist you in placing an order over the phone. Feel free to call us at 844-SLP-WELL (757-9355).
I placed an order online. What happens next?
- You will receive an e-mail from us acknowledging receipt or your pediatric sleep apnea test order. You'll then receive an e-mail update from us once the pediatric home sleep study test kit has shipped.
Do I need my child to do the sleep apnea study one night or multiple nights?
- There is minimal night-to-night variability in sleep apnea so, for the purposes of diagnosing your child with sleep apnea, only one night is needed. Your rental of the pediatric home sleep apnea test kit includes two nights - one extra night is provided in case something comes up that prevents your child from doing the sleep study the first night.
How much does a pediatric home sleep study cost?
- The cost of an at home pediatric sleep study is $395.
What does the $395 home sleep apnea test cost include?
The $395 pediatric home sleep study fee includes:
- rental of the home sleep study kit for two nights
- shipping both ways
- scoring of the sleep apnea study data
- review and interpretation of the final sleep study data by a board-certified sleep doctor trained in pediatric sleep disorders
- a formal sleep apnea test report that includes your child's apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), final diagnosis, and diagnostic codes
How long will it take for the pediatric home sleep study kit to come in the mail?
- Once your pediatric home sleep test order ships, you should receive it in 2-3 business days depending on where in the United States you live.
Do you take my health care insurance, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Medicare, Cigna, Tricare, United, or Medicaid?
- Singular Sleep's mission is to provide affordable, efficient sleep medicine care with outstanding service. We are unable to fulfill our mission unless we maintain our independence from health care insurance companies, therefore we do not work directly with health insurance organizations.
Can I seek reimbursement from my insurance company for my child's sleep apnea test cost?
- Yes! We are more than happy to provide you with invoices for all products and services that you purchase from Singular Sleep. We will include all sleep apnea-related insurance codes in the invoices: ICD-10 diagnostic codes, CPT procedure codes, and HCPCS medical equipment codes. Always check with your health care insurance company to clarify their coverage policy.
What happens if I have a technical problem setting up the home sleep study device for my kid or during the test?
- We provide clear, concise, and easy-to-read instructions with your pediatric home sleep apnea test kit. However, should you have any difficulties, we will be happy to provide you with phone support to make sure that you get a good sleep study.
How many hours of sleep do I need to get a good home sleep study result?
- Sleep apnea doctors prefer to get at least six hours of sleep to get accurate results. If you think that your child had less sleep than that, call us at (844) SLP-WELL (757-9355) to get recommendations from our team.
My child has a cold (or allergies). Can he or she still do the home sleep apnea test?
- The typical nasal congestion and throat inflammation from a cold or environmental allergies has little bearing on your child's sleep apnea test results - go ahead and do the sleep study. If your child has been diagnosed with something more serious, like pneumonia, Whooping Cough, etc., call us at (844) SLP-WELL (757-9355) to discuss the situation.
My child usually get up during the night to go to the bathroom, will getting out of bed disrupt the home sleep study test?
- No, the device senses when you are standing up and automatically excludes this data form the study so this won't be a problem. Please do not take off or stop the test if your child gets up during the night.
How do I send the home sleep apnea test back to you?
- You will be provided with a USPS Priority Mail box with a pre-paid return shipping label affixed to it. All you have to do is place the test kit and laminated home sleep test instruction booklet in the return box, seal the box, and place it in your nearest blue USPS mailbox.
How long does it take to get the results after I send the sleep apnea test kit back?
- Once we receive the kit (usually 2-3 business days after you mail the kit) you will most likely receive the results of the home sleep apnea test in 1-2 business days.
How will I get the sleep apnea test results? Do you mail them to me or my doctor?
- You will receive the home sleep study results in a secure email. We do not send the results to anyone else unless you have completed a medical information release form and explicitly directed us to send the test results to a third party.
If the test shows sleep apnea, how do I get a CPAP machine for my child?
CPAP machines, humidifiers and masks are considered "legacy" medical equipment and require a valid prescription from a qualified health care professional. If you test positive for sleep apnea and want to get a CPAP machine, then you will have two options:
- Take your sleep study test report to your doctor and ask him/her for a prescription for a CPAP machine.
- Schedule an online sleep doctor appointment with our physician.
If my child's sleep study shows that he or she has sleep apnea, will my child have to go into a sleep lab to do a titration sleep study?
- Our physician, Dr. Krainin, treats the majority of patients with an auto-CPAP machine or auto-BPAP machine. This prevents your child from having to have a titration study. Auto-adjusting machines do require follow-up appointments to verify the effectiveness of the treatment and adjust the machine settings as needed. Some patients with more complex forms of sleep apnea may be required to go to a sleep lab for a full-night sleep study.
Are there alternatives to CPAP for sleep apnea treatment?
- For children, CPAP and adenotonsillectomy (surgical removal of the adenoids and tonsils) are considered the first-line treatment options.
Home sleep study vs. in-lab sleep study: Is a home sleep apnea test as good as an in-lab sleep study?
- In children, in-lab sleep studies are generally recommended as the gold standard for diagnosing sleep apnea in children, However home sleep tests are are considered an alternative in children at high risk for obstructive sleep who cannot or will not be able to undergo in-lab testing. In-home sleep studies cannot diagnose other sleep disorders besides sleep apnea. It is advisable that patients with certain medical problems, such as serious heart and lung disorders, or with a suspicion for periodic limb movement disorder or parasomnias have an in-lab study. Consult your doctor or a sleep specialist if you need advice on what type of sleep study is best for your child.
- Many children have been reported to not sleep well in the sleep lab. A foreign environment and all the sensors on their body may make for a challenging night's sleep for a kid. For this reason, there are strong reasons to believe that home sleep test results might actually be more accurate in some cases.
How do I know if my child needs a sleep apnea test?
Common obstructive sleep apnea symptoms, signs, and risk factors in children include:
- regular snoring
- noisy breathing during sleep
- restless sleep
- hyperactivity or inattention during the day
- a small lower jaw
- high-arched palate
- large tonsils and/or adenoids
- excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- overweight (body mass index [BMI] 25-29.9) or obese (BMI ≥30)
- hearing the child stop breathing during sleep
What are the differences between an in-lab sleep study and a home sleep apnea study?
First of all, most sleep centers that perform pediatric sleep studies will require a parent or guardian to spend the night on a cot in the same room as the child. The equipment used is vastly different. In-lab sleep studies involve electrodes and sensors being applied to the body with abrasive past from your scalp to your legs. There will be a technician observing your child during the entirety of the study through an infrared camera in the sleep study room. Our home sleep test units only have three parts:
- a nasal cannula to measure airflow
- a pulse oximeter to measure oxygen levels
- a chest belt to measure breathing effort
The "brain" of the unit weighs 3 oz and sits on the chest belt. It records body position and all the data from the other sensors.
Additionally, in-lab sleep studies:
- Make your child go to bed and get up on their schedule. Usually "lights out" is around 9:30-10 p.m. and "lights on" is 5-5:30 a.m. Many parents find it hard to get their kid to to to bed at the exact time when the technologist wants the study to begin.
- Your child can get up to go to the bathroom during the sleep study, but it's a hassle. You have to call out to the technologist and then he/she has to "unplug" your child so that you can go to the restroom.
What type of home sleep apnea test system do you use?
- Singular Sleep uses Philips Respironics Alice NightOne home sleep apnea testing devices.
Do you offer any sleep study discounts?
- Singular Sleep offers a "VIP program": If you have a sleep study through Singular Sleep and refer someone else who orders a home sleep apnea study, we will send you a check for $25 and give your friend a 15% discount on the sleep study.
What causes pediatric obstructive sleep apnea?
As depicted below, obstructive sleep apea is caused by the back of the throat being too narrow and closing up repetitively during the night:
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
- Sleep apnea in children is highly correlated with ADHD and poor school performance.
- OSA has the potential to cause the same secondary medical problems as adults, which include:
- high blood pressure
- heart attack
- atrial fibrillation
- sudden and premature death
For a comprehensive list of sleep apnea-related medical problems, click here.
How will I know if I did the sleep study correctly?
- The instructions included in the home sleep test kit tell you how to get the machine to tell you in the morning if a good study was obtained. If you have any question about whether you had a good sleep study, please call us at (844) SLP-WELL (757-9355) before returning the test kit so that we can troubleshoot the issue with you.
What happens if I don't do the home sleep apnea test correctly?
- If you return the home sleep apnea test kit and the sleep apnea doctor determines that there is not enough data to get you a diagnosis, then you will have the option to redo the study with a $30 shipping and handling charge.
Do I need a sleep apnea study to be diagnosed with sleep apnea? I am fairly certain that I have it.
To diagnose sleep apnea, a sleep apnea test is required.
I normally take sleeping pills to help me sleep. Will sleeping pills affect the sleep study? Should I take sleeping pills the night of the sleep study?
In general, the most accurate sleep study data will be obtained if the night of the sleep study is a typical night for you. We typically recommend that, if you take sleeping pills to sleep, then you do so the night of your sleep study. If you have further questions you can schedule an online sleep doctor appointment.
Is a home sleep study the same as a "polysomnogram?"
Polysomnogram (or polysomnography) is the formal medical name for a sleep study. A home sleep apnea test is a type of sleep study.
Can I do a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) or maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT) at home?
MSLTs and MWTs must be performed in a sleep lab under supervision.
Is this sleep test the same thing as a "sleep apnea machine?"
Sleep apnea terminology can get confusing. When people say "sleep apnea machine" they may be referring to a CPAP (the machine that treats sleep apnea) or the testing kit that is used to diagnose sleep apnea. The first step is to see if you have sleep apnea with a sleep apnea test. Then, if your sleep study does indeed show sleep apnea, you will need to get a prescription from a doctor for a CPAP machine to treat the disorder.
Am I renting or buying the sleep apnea test?
The $295 fee is for a two-night rental of the home sleep study kit. The home sleep apnea test unit is a very expensive piece of medical equipment.
If my sleep apnea test shows that I have sleep apnea, do I need to get a CPAP machine from you?
No, you can use your sleep apnea test report to get a prescription for treatment from your doctor or our doctor. Either way, you can get your equipment from the durable medical equipment company of your choice.
What are the advantages of buying a CPAP machine and mask from Singular Sleep?
Advantages of buying CPAP from us include:
Cost: affordable, high-quality equipment
Committed customer service: If you buy CPAP equipment from us, we will troubleshoot your issues and answer your equipment-related questions - it is VERY COMMON for people to need help with their new CPAPs. If your equipment was purchased through another vendor, we will not be able to help you "set up" your machine or manage problems that you may encounter with your CPAP machine or mask.
Better results: if you buy your CPAP machine from us, we will have it entered in our system. This allows us to seamlessly monitor your machine's data and make sure that the treatment is working for you.
Is your sleep apnea study the same thing as a "sleep apnea tester," "polysomnogram," or "polysomnography?"
- Yes, you may have heard some people call home sleep study test kits by various names. testers, including the ones above.
Can a home sleep test with be done while my child is using a CPAP machine to see how well it's working?
- If you have a Philips Respironics CPAP machine, then it will be easy to do a "home titration sleep study" to check on the efficacy of your CPAP machine. If you have another brand of CPAP machine, then it is not ideal to do a home sleep test to check the machine's effectiveness.
I have another question that I don't see on this list. Where can I get an answer to my sleep apnea test question?
- You might find an answer to your question in this article about the most frequently asked home sleep study test questions. If not, do not hesitate to call us at (844) SLP-WELL (757-9355).
Do I need to have a consultation with your sleep apnea doctor before ordering a home sleep apnea test kit?
- No, you do not have to have a consultation with our sleep apnea doctor before ordering the at home sleep study kit.