Do I need a physician referral to have a sleep study?
No. You can call the sleep center and make an appointment with a sleep physician. The sleep physician will order a sleep study if needed.
How do I schedule an appointment?
What can I expect?
During your first appointment you will have a consultation and a brief physical exam by a sleep physician. Based upon this evaluation you may be scheduled for a sleep study.
What sleep disorders do you treat?
What should I bring with me to my sleep study?
- All medications that you take at bedtime, during the night or in the morning
- Your own toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.…)
- Normal sleep attire (briefs are OK for men)
- Hair dryer if needed
- Special pillow if desired
- Reading glasses if needed
- Clothes for the next day
When will I be able to leave the lab in the morning?
Patients may leave the lab after their test is completed. More specific information will be given once your test is scheduled.
Does my insurance pay for sleep studies?
Our centers and medical doctors accept all insurances. Sleep studies are covered by insurance, but out-of-pocket costs vary depending on the provider. The patients co-pay is determined by their insurance provider and their specific contract.
Our sleep centers will obtain pre-authorization for sleep studies if needed. For specific information on your insurance coverage, please call your provider.
Does the sleep study hurt?
No, sleep studies do not hurt. There are many sensors attached to the individual using special tape and elastic bands that go around the chest.
Can I get out of bed during the night?
Yes. If you want to get out of bed for any reason, you can tell the tech over the intercom that you need to get up. The technician will unplug one wire and you will be free to walk around.
Can I rollover during the night with all of the wires on?
Yes. You can sleep in any position and move around freely in bed. Sensors are attached and we often have backup sensors in place. It is rare that the technician would have to reattach a loose wire during the night.
Should I come in for my sleep study if I am sick?
No, if you are sick you should call and reschedule your sleep study. Sickness can affect your ability to sleep, and affect our ability to diagnose or treat sleep apnea. If you don't feel well, please call the lab to reschedule as soon as possible. If we do not get an adequate study, it may have to be repeated costing you more time and money.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is when a person has episodes of stopped breathing during night time sleep. It can occur as often as several hundred times per night. Sleep apnea is often times easy to diagnose and very treatable.
Is sleep apnea dangerous?
Sleep apnea may cause you to stop breathing for ten seconds or more, hundreds of times a night. These pauses put a strain on the breathing and heart muscles. This may lead to high blood pressure, severe daytime sleepiness, irregular heartbeat, and an enlarged heart. In severe cases sleep apnea is life threatening.
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