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Sleep Disorders Center Frequently Asked Questions

What can be Done about a Sleep Disorder?

Most of the sleep disorders mentioned can be effectively treated once they have been accurately diagnosed. A wide range of treatments and therapies exist for the treatment of sleep disorders such as pharmacological, surgical, oral appliances, CPAP and BiPAP just to name a few.

Who Can Refer you to a Sleep Disorders Center?

It is recommended that you first see your family physician or a medical provider who will arrange for a consultation and evaluation with a Sleep Center Specialist. A full report will then be sent to your referring physician.

What About Cost?

Most health care insurance plans provide coverage for all or part of the sleep testing and treatments for Sleep Disorders. If needed, the Sleep Center will obtain prior authorization from your insurance company. Payment arrangements can be made for those patients that do not have insurance.

What if I can’t sleep during the night of the test?

Most people sleep like they would in a hotel room, which is why the Sleep Center tries to provide you with most of the comforts of home. If you have concerns about not being able to sleep, some people like to bring things from home that make them more comfortable such as pillows, blankets and teddy bears.

In most cases we will be able to collect enough information to diagnose a possible sleep disorder.

What does a sleep study involve?

This is a noninvasive procedure that will monitor your sleep patterns, a digital video will be recording the entire time you sleep.

In order to get the information needed, we will be applying electrodes to your head, face, chest and legs. This is done with a wax paste and gauze, and EKG snap on electrodes. All of this equipment is painless to the patient. If at any time during the application you feel uncomfortable or your skin is irritated, please let your technician know and they will accommodate you. If you have allergies to tapes/adhesives please let your technician know and they will use alternative applications.

The electrodes placed around your airway and chest monitor your breathing. The electrodes on your face and head collect brain waves. Electrodes on you legs are gathering information on leg twitching and movement. Electrodes placed on your chest to monitor EKG are looking at your heart. All of these electrodes are collecting data that is essential to diagnosing a possible sleep disorder.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring:

  • pajamas with a top and bottom
  • toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, lotion, etc)
  • insurance co-pay, if it applies to you
  • list of any medications you are taking, dose and frequency
  • any medication you would need to take while you're with us

What time do I leave in the morning?

Typically we have you up and out of the Sleep Center by 7:30 a.m. unless your regular sleep schedule requires adjusting or your ordering sleep specialist requests otherwise. If you are having a Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) or a Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) you will be here until 5:00 p.m. the following day.

How many people are watching me? Is there a window through which the technicians are watching me?

You will have one technician watching you. They will be watching you with a digital video camera that is in a separate room. The technician will only enter your room should you need assistance or to replace malfunctioning equipment. Only your technician and physician will view the data collected during your sleep study.

How many people are in one room?

Each room is set up like a hotel room; queen bed, closet, nightstands, and private bathroom.

Do I take all my medications?

You would take your medication as you normally do unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.

What is CPAP or BiPAP?

CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. BiPAP stands for Bi level positive airway pressure. These are two types of therapies available to treat patients with Obstructive sleep apnea.

What is a Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)?

A MSLT is a test used in the sleep center most commonly for patients with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). It involves a series of naps performed at intervals throughout the day. This test immediately follows an overnight sleep study or polysomnogram.

What is a Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)?

A MWT is a test that is similar to the MSLT, but the person being tested is told to attempt to remain awake for the entire session.

Does the Sleep Center provide breakfast?

No, we do not normally provide breakfast after a sleep study/polysomnogram. However if you are having an MSLT or MWT we do provide breakfast and lunch. If you have questions regarding this please contact our office to clarify.