Prior to your consultation, you'll be asked to complete a comprehensive sleep questionnaire and medical history.
Our sleep specialist will discuss the information that you provide during the initial consultation, and will perform a physical examination of your head and neck area. Based on your symptoms and medical history, we will develop a plan to resolve your sleep concerns. If indicated, a diagnostic polysomnogram, a home sleep apnea test, or other medical tests may be recommended.
A diagnostic polysomnogram an overnight study administered by a sleep technologist at the Sleep Disorders Center. It is used to diagnose sleep apnea, tracing events that occur during each sleep cycle so as to detect any abnormalities impeding the sleep process.
If the diagnostic polysomnography determines that you have sleep apnea and would benefit from PAP therapy, a second polysomnography, called a titration polysomnogram, may be performed. This second test is used to determine the optimal settings to set your PAP device to alleviate the sleep apnea, using trial-and-error adjustments to find the right pressure that helps keep your airway open while you sleep.
When both a diagnostic and titration polysomnography are performed on the same night, the study is called a split-night study. Obvious signs of sleep apnea must be observed during the first few hours of the sleep study so that there is enough time during the night to effectively titrate the PAP device.
Once your sleep study is performed, our board-certified physician will interpret the results of your study, usually within 48 hours. At your follow-up appointment, the findings of your sleep study will be reviewed with you and a treatment plan discussed. Your doctor will continue to meet with you as needed to ensure that your sleep disorder is resolved.