Your ability to drive safely and stay on the road means paying rent, buying groceries, and providing for your family. 

Our South Chicago Sleep Lab team understands the urgency of addressing DOT requirements and completing sleep apnea testing and treatments that comply and can get you back on the road. 

When you work with our clinic, you can complete an initial consultation and complete an at-home sleep test in days, not months.

According to research sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), nearly 28 percent of commercial truck drivers experience mild to severe sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can lead to: 

Daytime sleepiness

Impaired driving performance

An increased risk of accidents on the road 

Other medical conditions that could make a driver noncompliant

You’re in the right place if you’re a commercial driver under Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or need testing. 

Sleep apnea does not prevent an individual from driving, but there are requirements for staying safe on the road and compliant. 

Staying compliant with the DOT means staying safe on the road and continuing to work. 

South Chicago Sleep Lab provides:

Education about Sleep Apnea and DOT Compliance

Sleep Apnea Testing

Sleep Apnea Testing Guidance
Treatment Referrals for Sleep Apnea Treatment

We recognize Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy and oral device therapy as effective treatment options for sleep apnea. 

Sleep Apnea DOT Compliance

A DOT physical is an annual checkup required by the FMCSA for commercial vehicle drivers.

Staying compliant with the DOT means keeping your ability to drive. 

This exam ensures that drivers can safely meet the demanding physical requirements of their jobs. This includes being able to tolerate the health risks posed by sitting for long periods of time, staying awake, and driving safely. 

DOT physicals are required for drivers who:

Transport hazardous materials that require a hazmat placard on their vehicle

Are paid to operate motor vehicles that carry more than eight people
Operate motor vehicles that are designed to carry more than 15 people
Operate motor vehicles that have a gross combination weight rating of over 10,000 pounds

The FMCSA does not mandate sleep apnea testing as part of the DOT physical; it has established regulations that empower medical providers to assess a driver’s fitness to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). 

The Pulmonary Standard grants medical professionals the authority to determine whether testing for respiratory disorders, such as sleep apnea, is necessary to ensure the safe operation of a commercial vehicle. 

The results of the annual physical may require completing a sleep apnea test. We will help you complete a sleep study at South Chicago Sleep Lab. 

When diagnosed with sleep apnea, drivers have the opportunity to seek treatment and regain their “medically qualified-to-drive” status.

Whether you are concerned that you may have sleep apnea or are required to seek testing or treatment from the DOT, it’s never too early to be evaluated by a sleep professional. Our team facilitates comprehensive services to prevent or treat sleep apnea to keep you on the road.

CPAP and DOT Compliance

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is a leading treatment for sleep apnea and is recognized by the DOT as a compliant treatment for drivers diagnosed with sleep apnea. 

By treating sleep apnea with CPAP, drivers can remain compliant. 

Drivers using CPAP to treat sleep apnea must meet the following requirements:

Use a CPAP machine at least four hours per night, at least 70 percent of the time.

Successfully treat sleep apnea for a minimum of one week before being recertified

Collect compliance data not more than 30 days old and for a minimum of 90 days 

Become recertified annually provided they meet the minimum recommended compliance use previously established on a CPAP machine

Oral Device Therapy

Oral devices are also an effective way to treat obstructive sleep apnea. These devices reposition the jaw or tongue to allow you to sleep better. Our team of sleep specialists has experience working with dentists and providers that offer you custom-fitted oral devices. These FDA-approved devices are a great alternative for those who struggle to comply with CPAP or prefer a different treatment option. 

Our experienced staff can help you track oral device therapy to meet DOT requirements.

DOT Compliance at South Chicago Sleep Lab

Comprehensive Sleep Apnea Testing: Our team can guide you through comprehensive sleep apnea testing to accurately diagnose the condition’s severity and determine the appropriate treatment path. 

Sleep apnea testing guidance to comply with DOT physicals (at-home or in-lab polysomnography)

CPAP guidance to meet treatment requirements

CPAP referrals
Oral device therapy guidance to meet treatment requirements
Oral device therapy referrals
Referrals to specialized providers for sleep apnea treatments
Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. 
Can I still drive if I am diagnosed with CPAP?
Yes, you can still drive if you have sleep apnea. However, the DOT does have standards that could require you to complete a sleep apnea test after your yearly physical. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you will need to begin a DOT-approved treatment. Compliant CPAP or oral device therapy can allow you to stay on the road safely and meet DOT requirements.