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pediatric home sleep apnea testing

  • Because when it comes to your child, you only want the best: We use the Nox T3 home sleep apnea testing system, the only device FDA-approved for use in children <18 years old.
  • Available for children ages 7 and up.
  • Avoid the long wait time, expense, and hassle of an in-lab pediatric sleep study.
  • Available for residents of all states except Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, North Dakota,  and Vermont.

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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 $495. We also place a $200 hold on the credit card provided to ensure timely return of the testing device. Once we receive your device back, the hold will be released.

What does the $495 home sleep apnea test cost include?

 The $495 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. 

What are the next steps if my child tests positive for sleep apnea?

  • You can schedule an online consultation with our sleep doctor, who is trained in pediatric sleep medicine, or you can take the report to a provider of your choice for further management. 

If my child tests positive for sleep apnea, what are the treatment options?

  • The two treatments for obstructive sleep apnea that are considered first-line for pediatric patients are:
    • adenotonsillectomy
    • CPAP
  • Second-line treatment options that can be considered in certain situations include:
    • maxillary expansion
    • jaw surgery
    • nasal steroids
    • weight loss 

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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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 as well as a link to an online video which depicts the setup process. 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 does my child need to get accurate result?

  • Sleep apnea doctors prefer to get at least six hours of sleep data 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 have 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 gets 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 your child is standing up and automatically excludes this data from 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 go about getting a CPAP machine for my child?

  • CPAP machines, humidifiers and masks are considered "legacy" medical equipment and require a valid prescription from a qualified healthcare professional. If your child tests positive for sleep apnea and you decide that you want to pursue CPAP treatment, your two options are:
    1. Schedule an online sleep doctor appointment with our physician.
    2. Take your sleep study test report to your doctor and ask him/her for a prescription for a CPAP machine.

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 an in-lab 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 titration sleep study. 

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 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.  

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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
  • mouth breathing
  • 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 paste from the scalp to the 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 the lab's 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 go 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 the Nox T3 home sleep apnea testing device, which is currently the only home sleep apnea testing system that is FDA-approved for children. 

What causes pediatric obstructive sleep apnea?

  • As depicted below, obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the back of the throat being too narrow and closing up repetitively during the night:

home sleep test for obstructive sleep apnea

  • Children's airway obstruction is often caused by enlarged adenoids and/or tonsils that are taking up too much space in the upper airway. 

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea in children? 

  • 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:
    1. high blood pressure
    2. diabetes
    3. heart attack
    4. stroke
    5. atrial fibrillation
    6. sudden and premature death

For a comprehensive list of sleep apnea-related medical problems, click here

What can I do to make sure the sleep study is done correctly?

  • We recommend that you check on your child every two hours or so to make sure that all the sensors are attached. It's critical that your child gets at least six hours of recorded data.

What happens if the home sleep apnea test is not done correctly?

  • If you return the home sleep apnea test kit and the sleep apnea doctor determines that there is not enough quality data to make a diagnosis, then you will have the option to redo the study with a $30 shipping and handling charge. 

Do I really need a sleep apnea study to diagnose my child with sleep apnea? Is there any other way to make the diagnosis? 

  • To diagnose sleep apnea, a formal sleep apnea test is mandatory. 

My child normally takes sleeping pills to help him/her sleep. Will sleeping pills affect the sleep study? Should I give my child 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 your child. If your child takes sleeping pills, we typically recommend that you give the medication to your child the night of the sleep study.

Is a home sleep study the same as a "polysomnogram?"

  • A polysomnogram (or polysomnography) is the formal medical term for a sleep study. A home sleep apnea test is a type of sleep study that only evaluates for the presence or absence of sleep apnea and oxygen level disorders.  

Is this sleep study a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT)?

  • No, MSLTs test for excessive sleepiness and 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 your child has sleep apnea with a sleep apnea test. Then, if the 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 $495 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 my child has sleep apnea, do I need to get a CPAP machine from you?

  • No, you can use the 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 be able to enter it into our system. This allows us to seamlessly monitor your child's data and make sure that the treatment is working for him/her. 

Is your sleep apnea study the same thing as a "sleep apnea tester"  or "sleep apnea monitor?"

  • Yes, you may have heard some people call home sleep study test kits by various names, including the ones above. "Apnea monitors" are different and are used in infants to evaluate for life-threatening breathing issues. 

I have another question that I don't see on this list. Where can I get an answer to my sleep apnea test question?

  • If you still have questions, do not hesitate to call us at (844) SLP-WELL (757-9355) or email us at info@singularsleep.com. 

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. 

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