Ambulatory monitoring, also known as Home Sleep Testing, is a method by which sleep disorders, primarily sleep apnea, can be diagnosed at home. These tests usually consist of a nasal cannula, belts to measure respiratory effort, and a pulse oximeter. The test allows patients to be diagnosed at home if they so choose. There are limitations to the use of these devices, and they require the patient to be responsible for setting them up prior to sleeping. The results can help diagnose sleep apnea. Some insurers do not cover the cost of these devices, so it is important to check with the physician to determine if they are a reasonable option.
Dr. Carl D. Boethel, Director of the Scott & White Sleep Institute, also serves as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine with the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Boethel's patient care emphasis is Asthma, COPD, Diagnostic Sleep Evaluation (Formal Polysomnography), Fatigue, Intensive Care Services, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Apnea, and Smoking Related Diseases.