What will happen before and during the study?
You will arrive at Somnus Sleep Clinic in the evening between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to spend the night in our comfortable, hotel-like clinic. A sleep technician will greet you and show you to your room then discuss the test with you and answer any questions you may have. Paperwork may need to be completed.
The technician will apply painless electrodes to the skin of your head and body using an adhesive. These sensors will measure your specific information, monitoring activities that your body goes through while sleeping. Our specially trained technicians monitor your sleep all night, gather data, and answer further questions. You will be awakened the next morning and may leave by 6:00 a.m. Your sleep study information is reviewed by a Somnus physician in detail to determine if you have a sleep disorder. Before leaving the clinic, you will be given a follow-up appointment with one of Somnus Sleep Clinic’s physicians to discuss your test results and treatment options.
What do I need to bring to the study?
You need to bring your driver’s license (or picture ID) and your insurance card(s). You may also bring a special pillow or blanket. Pack a light overnight bag including your bathroom essentials and any medication(s) you take at night on a regular basis.
What do I need to do to prepare for the study?
On the day of the study, avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, soda, chocolate) after 12:00 p.m. and try not to nap. Avoid alcohol unless otherwise discussed with the sleep physician. Before coming to Somnus Sleep Clinic, wash your hair with shampoo only (do not use conditioner), dry hair and do not apply hair sprays, oils, or gels. Also, do not apply any body lotion or oil.
How is sleep disorders treated?
Treatment is different for different diagnoses. If you are diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, Restless Leg Syndrome, Narcolepsy or Insomnia, the details of treatment will be discussed with you. Medications and/or CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) or BiPAP (Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure) are commonly prescribed for Sleep Apnea. If you have another condition, it will be discussed with you in detail. Full education of your condition will help you and the sleep physicians make choices in your treatment for maximum relief of symptoms.
Will I have to come only one night to be diagnosed and treated?
Initially, the first sleep study, PSG (Diagnostic Polysomnography), will determine if you have any type of Sleep Apnea or other sleeping disorder with the exception of Insomnia in which a sleep study is not ordered. After the PSG, you will follow-up with a Somnus physician to discuss your test results and treatment options. If Sleep Apnea or another possible sleeping disorder is diagnosed, a second test CPAP and/or BiPAP study will be ordered. After this study, another follow-up with the physician will be made and a prescription for a CPAP or BiPAP machine may be written.
Will the costs be covered by my insurance?
Once we receive your information regarding your insurance carrier, we will be able to better advise your coverage and will discuss this with you. You may have co-payments and/or deductibles for office visits and/or the sleep study.