Better Care from Your Bedroom

Why Should I Choose TeleVisit?


Telemedicine is a safe, convenient, and effective way to see a sleep specialist. Sleep apnea patients are particularly well-suited to be served by TeleVisit. You can get the same excellent, comprehensive, and compassionate care without risking a drive to the clinic. We can take a detailed sleep history, medical history, order a home sleep test, order a CPAP machine, get you the best fitting mask or cannula, and review your CPAP compliance for apnea-hypopnea and air leaks. In fact, you can get better care as we can see your bedroom, your sleeping environment, and your CPAP machine. These are a few reasons why your Dream Team at the Sneeze & Snooze Clinic actively promotes TeleVisit for all sleep apnea patients; both new and follow-up.

To learn more watch this 5 minute discussion between Dr. Patel and Jackie Sharpley of WSBT.

TeleVisit is Better than Traditional Visit

Traditional Clinic VisitTeleVisit
Detailed HistoryYesYes
Sleep Focused Physical ExamYesYes
Explaining Sleep StudyYesYes
Explaining CPAP dataYesYes
Sleep Hygiene InstructionsYesYes
CPAP Supplies RecommendationYesYes
Calling in PrescriptionYesYes
Insurance CoverageYesYes,
Always Check with
Your Insurance
Driving to the ClinicYesNo
Time Off from WorkYesNo,
Request
Evening Appt.
Needing Childcare YesNo

You can also request a TeleVisit by clicking on the above link and then clicking the orange button that reads Send Request. Ignore the message that reads No Availability. Answer a few basic questions, and our staff will get back to you. By requesting a TeleVisit, you are giving us consent to treat you. You also are giving us an Authorization to Release Records from your doctors and home medical company.

How Much Does it Cost? How Do I Pay for It?

After Corona Pandemic, more and more insurance companies cover TeleVisits. For self-pay patients, TeleVisits are even a better option as they are cheaper than traditional visits. Self-pay patients pay only 99$ for the first visit and 69$ for the subsequent visits. Please click here to learn more and pay.

How can I Schedule a TeleVisit?

Call 574-534-9911 and request a TeleVisit with Dr. Patel, or our nurse practitioner; Debbie Ponce or Katie O’Toole.

We will ask you a few questions and will set up an appointment and will give you instructions on how you can participate in the visit. Dr. Patel prefers that you help us get your records from your family doctor and home medical company if you are already on CPAP.

You can also request a TeleVisit by clicking on the above link and then clicking the orange button that reads Send Request. Ignore the message that reads No Availability. Answer a few basic questions, and our staff will get back to you. By requesting a TeleVisit, you are giving us consent to treat you. You also are giving us an Authorization to Release Records from your doctors and home medical company.

To prepare for your TeleVisit:

  • Have an active Patient Portal account, with username and password. (Our receptionist will set this up for you when you set up your appointment.)
  • Set aside a secure, private location. Dr. Patel prefers that you conduct this visit from your bedroom as long as there is enough light in the bedroom.
  • Sit such that your face is brightly visible. This will help our providers examine your face, throat, and nose. Keep a tongue blade (you can pick one up from the clinic) or a clean butter knife available to depress your tongue so that the throat can be clearly seen.
  • You can use your mobile phone, desktop, or laptop to participate in the visit.
  • Write down your questions and concerns.
  • If your spouse is home, we encourage your spouse to participate too. Two brains are better than one in remembering details. Also, sleep partners can provide additional history about your sleep behavior and daytime sleepiness.

To begin your TeleVisit, follow these easy steps:

  1. Arrive early by logging in to your Patient Portal. If you can’t access the Portal, you can also begin your appointment through the reminder link sent to your email or by clicking the text message.
  2. Click “Join TeleVisit” in your patient dashboard (or email reminder, or text message).
  3. Fill out the patient questionnaire and provide requested personal information.
  4. Click “Proceed” to check your computer’s speed and ability to support a TeleVisit. If your computer does not have a webcam (most do), you will need to attach one. Your mobile phone or laptop uses the built-in camera and microphone.
  5. Click “Start TeleVisit” to enter the virtual waiting room. Use the waiting time to rehearse your questions.
  6. Your physician will begin the face-to-face TeleVisit and disconnect when the visit ends.

If you need assistance, please call 574-534-9911 and our staff will help you.

Safe. Secure. Effective. Eco-friendly.

You can also request a TeleVisit by clicking on the above link and then clicking the orange button that reads Send Request. Ignore the message that reads No Availability. Answer a few basic questions, and our staff will get back to you.

By requesting a TeleVisit, you are giving us consent to treat you. You also are giving us an Authorization to Release Records from your doctors and home medical company.