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Diagnosing and Treating Patients with Sleep Disorders

Over 40 million Americans suffer from some type of treatable sleep disorder. 

The most common Sleep Disorders are:

  • Sleep Apnea is the failure to breathe properly during sleep.
  • Insomnia is when you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Narcolepsy is excessive sleepiness and the inability to stay awake.
  • Periodic Limb Movements or repetitive jerking/cramping of the limbs  during sleep.

 As a fully accredited Sleep Disorders Center through the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), we are staffed with specially trained physicians and technologists, who strive to provide the highest quality of care to all our patients, and to increase the awareness and promote treatment of Sleep Disorders in our community.

If untreated, sleep disorders can lead to an increased risk of:

  • Heart Attack or Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Work-related or driving accidents  

Types of Sleep Disorders and Testing

Sleep disorders are any condition that effect sleep patterns and interfere with falling asleep, staying asleep, or remaining awake. Some of the common conditions are: insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea and snoring, excessive periodic leg movements during sleep, respiratory disease that effects oxygenation in blood stream, patterns of disruptive sleep, nightmares, night terrors, bedwetting, sleepwalking, just to name a few.

The Sleep Medicine providers may use one or a combination of the following screens:

Polysomnogram (PSG)

PSG consists of collecting information about movements, breathing, heart rate, snoring and other events during a sleep study. This is typically done overnight, but may be done during daytime hours if patient is a shift-worker or sleeps during the day.

Multiple Sleep Latency (MSLT)

MSLT assesses your level of daytime sleepiness. MSLTs are often recommended for potential Narcolepsy and are usually done during the day (following an all-night sleep study). Patients are screened during five 20-minute nap sessions, approximately 2 hours apart. Between naps you will be asked to stay awake.

Maintenance of Wakefulness Tests (MWT)

MWT is designed to assess your level of daytime alertness. An MWT will show whether you are able to stay awake for a certain amount of time. This type of sleep study will be conducted in a dim, quiet room and you will be asked to sit peacefully for 40 minutes for each trial. 

Appointment: What to Expect

Setting Up an Appointment

Upon referral from your doctor, the Sleep Disorders Center will contact you to set up your appointment. You will receive a questionnaire and information packet to complete at home to save you time prior to your evaluation.

What to Expect

On the scheduled night of your test, you will be prepared for the painless test. Sensors are applied to your scalp, face, chin, chest and legs. These sensors are comfortable and are attached to equipment that monitors your brain waves, breathing, heart rate and muscle activity.

After your monitoring equipment is applied, you can relax in our home-like setting. The spacious private room includes a comfortable bed with a television and private restroom.

While you sleep, a Polysomnography Technologist will observe and record your sleep patterns and the information being transmitted by the attached sensors. We will wake you the next morning in plenty of time to return home or prepare for work.

Diagnosis and Treatment

One of our sleep medicine physicians will exam your results and will forward the findings to your primary care physician who will discuss the results of your study with you. Depending on your diagnosis, you may spend a second night at the Sleep Disorders Center to better determine your level of treatment.

Cost of a Sleep Study

The reimbursement from insurance companies vary. Pre-authorization may be required by your insurance company