Do I Need a Doctor’s Referral to Undergo a Sleep Test?

October 16, 2019

You snore loudly, you never feel rested, and sometimes you wake up with a terrible headache. You suspect you have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. Logically, you are interested in undergoing sleep testing in Vero Beach. The problem is that you don’t know where to start. Can you arrange a sleep study directly with the sleep clinic? Or do you have to visit your primary care provider for a referral first? Let’s talk about these important questions.

Insurance and Sleep Studies

Many forms of medical insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, may be willing to pay for a sleep study. However, they typically require a referral from a patient’s primary care provider (PCP). If you already have a well-established relationship with your PCP, simply make an appointment with them and let them know about your sleep problems. Explicitly state that you would like to undergo a sleep test. If your doctor agrees that the test could be beneficial, they will refer you to a local sleep clinic.

The Non-PCP Path

If you do not regularly visit a doctor, or if your insurance allows you to visit specialists without a PCP referral, there are other ways to arrange for a sleep study. You could talk to a doctor who focuses specifically on treating sleep disorders. After they evaluate your symptoms, they will have a fair idea of whether you have a sleep disorder, or if it is more likely that a different condition is affecting the quality of your rest. Then, they can order the sleep test.

Dr. Mogell, the dental sleep medicine expert in our practice, has established good relationships with several local sleep clinics. If he suspects you have sleep apnea, our team can help you get a confirmed diagnosis through one of these trustworthy partners.

The Importance of Referrals

Referrals are frequently an important part of the sleep study process because they give a doctor an opportunity to thoroughly discuss your sleep issues with you. The doctor will also take your medical history with the goal of getting a complete picture of your health and any problems that might be affecting your sleep. The medical director at the sleep clinic will use that information to arrange the specifics of your sleep study. This team-based approach helps to ensure that you get the best treatment for your unique situation.

Are you tired of not getting the high-quality sleep you need and deserve? Arrange a visit with a doctor so you can undergo a sleep test and get on the road to more restful nights.

About the Author

Dr. Kenneth Mogell is a dental sleep medicine expert who has spent many years learning the intricacies of treatment for sleep apnea in Vero Beach. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and he specializes in oral appliance therapy. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Mogell, his services, or the sleep testing process, contact our Vero Beach office today at 772-882-6800.