Preparing For Your Visit
What to Expect
If you have an appointment at a Kettering Health Network Sleep Disorders Center, you are on the right track to a better night's rest. We want you to receive the highest quality care. Our physicians are trained in the most up-to-date technologies and techniques. Our expert physicians will guide you through every step of the process-they will interview, examine, test, treat, and follow up with you. Here is what to expect:
Step 1: The Consultation
The first step to achieving better sleep is a comprehensive examination with one of our highly trained sleep specialists. This consultation gives the physician an opportunity to perform a brief but thorough medical examination and interview you about your sleep, your medical history and family history to determine if any sleep testing is a medical necessity. This is required by most health insurance providers to help them determine if they will approve any sleep testing order by the physician. There are several types of sleep tests and this consultation helps your physician determine the appropriate type of sleep study. The most common sleep disorder is obstructive sleep apnea.
Step 2: Testing Authorization
Most health insurance companies require a prior authorization before any sleep testing is performed. Our prior authorization team will supply the necessary information to your health insurance provider and we will contact you after receiving their determination.
Step 3: Sleep Testing
In lab sleep studies require an overnight stay. Daytime sleep studies are available for shift workers. A sleep study procedure includes monitoring several channels of data including blood oxygen levels, airflow, snoring, limb movements and brainwave activity. This requires placement of electrodes and other sensors on different parts of your body. Appropriate bedtime clothing is required. While you sleep, our technologist in a nearby control room monitors the collection of data. All of our sleep disorders centers offer private bedrooms. Each bedroom is equipped with a video camera so the technologist can visually monitor your sleep and an intercom for two-way communication. Restrooms and showers are also available.
Step 4: Your Results & Follow-up
Once your sleep study is completed, the data is read by a physician who provides a diagnosis and recommendations for next steps in your plan of care. These recommendations may include a follow-up appointment to review results and discuss possible treatment options or additional sleep testing. Office notes and sleep study reports are sent to the physician who referred you as well as any other physicians who play a role in your healthcare needs.