new for Texas:
From The Texas Medical Association, May 12 2016
"Get Up to Speed on New Driving Rules, Medical Restrictions"
"A diagnosis of severe OSA (apnea-hypopnea index AHI>20) precludes certification to drive a motor vehicle (class A, B and C license) until the sleep disorder is effectively treated and the person demonstrates satisfactory ongoing compliance with therapy.
A person with moderate OSA (apnea-hypopnea index between 10 and 20) may drive passenger vehicles (class C license) if he has minimal daytime sleepiness (Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Study (EDSS) score is <10) and the OSA is being effectively treated and he is compliant with therapy. Persons
with mild OSA may drive with any license type if the AHI is <10 and the EDS score is <10.
Ceasing therapy should be accompanied by driving cessation if the OSA is still present.
An individual with moderate to severe OSA who meets these requirements should be recertified annually."
INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
07-12-2016, 01:04 PM
(This post was last modified: 07-12-2016, 01:08 PM by 0rangebear.)
I would not report it without finding out what is Maryland's Department of transportation definition of sleep apnea.
Here in the forum you typically see AHI <5 as the criteria. The respiratory hospital I use here in in Colorado uses AHI <6 if associated with desaturation below 87.3 (it is adjusted for altitude)
They use an AHI <10 if there is no o2 desaturation. However, the state motor vehicle criteria is AHI<15.
Just because a sleep lab has diagnosed you with sleep apnea. Does not mean they are using the same criteria as the Motor Vehicle Medical Review Process. Be careful to identify whether you have "reportable sleep apnea" before you check that box, because it will be difficult to uncheck it once you've gone down that road.
Simply put; you could have sleep apnea from a personnel heath perspective and not have "reportable sleep apnea" from a legal perspective
Maryland contact info:
Driver Wellness and Safety Division
6601 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
For telephone questions:
MVA Customer Service Center: 1-410-768-7000