Everything you need to know for your stay at Sleep Cardia Sleep Center.
What Is A Sleep Study?
A sleep study is a recording that measures and identifies the different stages of sleep and the breathing problems that occur during sleep. Sleep Cardia Sleep Center conducts these studies using the most current and sophisticated equipment for monitoring and evaluating patients during their sleep. It is a painless and easy evaluation to have done. Importantly, this study is covered by most insurance plans.
Please report to the Sleep Cardia Sleep Center at your appointed time, which will most likely be between 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on the day of your scheduled study. Please eat dinner before arriving. Shortly after you arrive, you will be asked to change into your nightclothes. The technician will then begin the painless procedure of applying electrodes to your face, head and legs. This lasts about one hour. The electrodes simply sense electrical activity present in your body and conduct that information to our recording equipment. After your hookup is completed, you can relax until your bedtime, which is usually between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
A typical sleep study will last approximately 10 to 12 hours, depending on the nature of your problem and our initial findings during the sleep study.
At bedtime, the technician will apply a few additional sensing devices, which are painless and do not restrict your movement during sleep.?? There will be a technician in the monitoring room all night. If you need anything during the night, all you need to do is speak, and the technician will hear you through the intercom.?? All patients are expected to stay in bed for 7 hours.
The technician will wake you when the test is over. ??In the morning, your electrodes will be removed, and you will be allowed the opportunity to wash up and get dressed to leave. If you have daytime nap testing ordered, some electrodes will be removed, while others will be left on.
Our sleep technologists will analyze the results of your study and produce a report that will be provided to our Board Certified Sleep Physician. Our Sleep Physician will evaluate the study data and produce an interpretive report and recommendations, which may include the need for a second study. These reports will be provided to your referring physician for their records.
Your study analysis and reports will be completed and forwarded to your referring physician within 14 days. If you have not heard from your physician within this period, you should call their office and inquire about your results. You can also call our Sleep Physician directly should you have any questions about your results. We will provide the Sleep Physician's phone number and business card before you leave the center.
If the results of your sleep study indicate a significant occurrence of sleep apnea, the Sleep Physician will recommend a second study to better understand your disorder and recommend accurate and effective treatment options.
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