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A study of 60 adults found that telemedicine is an effective option for sleep apnea care.

Patient satisfaction was high for telemedicine.

People enjoyed the convenience of a live, video visit with a sleep doctor.

AASM SleepTM is a new telemedicine system that will soon bring the expertise of sleep specialists to you.

Telemedicine is an effective option for sleep apnea care

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Amy Pyle  |  Mar 01, 2016
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AASM SleepTM telemedicine

Does your bed partner constantly nudge you at night to stop snoring? Have you ever wondered if you have sleep apnea, but taking a trip to the doctor is out of the way? Telemedicine is as effective for sleep apnea care as visiting your doctor’s office, a new study suggests.

The study involved 60 patients from outpatient centers who were at least 30 miles from the main medical center. Patients were chosen at random for a telemedicine or in office treatment plan.

The results show there were no significant differences in dropout rates, positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy adherence, or functional outcome changes between patients in each group of the study. Patients in the telemedicine group also expressed high satisfaction with their care. They especially liked the convenience of a live, video visit with a sleep doctor.

Seek a doctor’s advice if you have an ongoing sleep problem or are unable to sleep 7 hours or more per night. Make your choice convenient by using telemedicine.

AASM SleepTM is a new telemedicine system that will soon bring the expertise of sleep specialists to you. Telemedicine is improving how you receive your sleep care.

Learn more about the study in the journal SLEEP: Remote ambulatory management of veterans with obstructive sleep apnea


  1. 1 mary 20 Apr
    I have severe sleep apnea since childhood - i was sleeping 13 minutes per hour - cpap started causing lung problems after one year, another sleep study and now i have a bipap which causes me to wheeze and i am starting to get headaches ... i dont think doctor see sleeplessness as a real problem - is there anything being done regarding  brain functionality and sleep apnea????
  2. 2 AASM 18 Apr
    Shellee - CPAP therapy should be offered as an option to all patients. Alternate therapies may be offered depending on the severity of the OSA and the patient's anatomy, risk factors, and preferences. The AASM recommends that the sleep doctor consider prescribing an oral appliance for adults with sleep apnea who are unable to tolerate CPAP therapy or prefer alternate therapy. The sleep doctor and patient should have a discussion about the treatment options. 
  3. 3 Shellee Bertram 22 Mar
    Does the telemedicine sleep doctor also discuss the option of oral appliance therapy for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea.