Sleep Disorder FAQ's

Q: I think I need a sleep study. What should I do?
A:

     Visit your primary care physician to discuss your sleep patterns and daytime alertness. He or she should be able to arrange a referral to our facility by calling 909-865-9152 and dialing option 2. All adult patients and most pediatric patients are seen in the sleep clinic for a comprehensive sleep evaluation by one of our sleep specialists prior to having a sleep study. This comprehensive sleep evaluation ensures that the proper testing will be performed and that you will have your questions fully answered prior to the sleep study.

Q: Will my insurance cover this procedure?
A:

     We will obtain the necessary insurance authorizations and you will be contacted prior to testing to confirm your appointment. Feel free to contact us at 909-865-9152 with any questions you may have. Please note that we cannot answer specific questions regarding the amount of insurance coverage available for your sleep testing.  Contact your insurance representative regarding any questions about specific coverage amount.

Q: My child is scheduled for a sleep study. Will I need to stay with him or her?
A:

     Children who have not yet reached their 19th birthday will be required to have one parent or legal guardian stay with them during the entire study.  An extra bed or cot will be provided.  In order to ensure a high-quality data collection, no siblings and no more than one parent are allowed to stay in the room with the patient.  The test will be cancelled and the patient will be sent home if more than one parent or any siblings accompany the patient and are unable to make arrangements to sleep elsewhere.

Q: What time should I plan to arrive at the center for my study?
A:

     Most patients are scheduled to arrive at 8:00 p.m. in the evening and leave around 6:30 a.m. in the morning the following day.  Please give us a call if you expect to be late.

Q: I need to cancel my scheduled study. How would I do that?
A:

     Your sleep testing slot has been specifically reserved for you.  For the courtesy of all of our patients, if you must cancel, please call us 24 hours in advance of your appointment so we can make your slot available to another patient.  Patients who cancel more than once will need to get a new referral from their physician.

Q: Should I take my usual medications before and during my sleep study?
A:

     Please take all of your usual medications unless your doctor tells you to do something differently.  Please bring any nighttime medication that you currently take.  We are not able to supply any medications.

Q: How should I prepare for my sleep study?
A:

     Please avoid caffeine after noon on the day of your study.  Adults should avoid napping on the day of the study and children should not take a nap after two in the afternoon.  Because we will be placing several sensors on your body, please ensure your hair is freshly washed and free of hair care products.  If you wear makeup, you will be asked to remove it prior to having the sensors placed.  If you have acrylic nails, please remove at least one nail prior to your scheduled study.  This is to ensure that we can accurately measure your oxygen levels during your testing.

Q: Should I plan to eat dinner at the sleep lab?
A:

     Please arrange to eat dinner prior to arriving at the sleep lab location, as no meals are provided for patients having nighttime studies.

Q: What should I bring to the sleep center?
A:

     Please bring something comfortable for sleeping, such as a shirt and shorts, pajamas, or a nightgown.  You will also want to bring any items you would ordinarily need during an overnight stay, e.g. toothbrush, cell phone, medications, change of clothes, etc.  In addition, please write down and bring with you a list of all medications that you are currently taking.

Q: I need help with my care. How is this handled at the center?
A:

     For those of you who need help with your care (assistance in walking, bathing, etc.), please make sure someone is with you who can assist you as our techs are unable to provide one-on-one assistance.

Q: What amenities are available at the Sleep Center?
A:

     Your room is furnished with premium bedding, a private bath, and cable television.  Because there are no phones in the patient rooms, please feel free to bring your cell phone.

Q: What is the testing procedure like?
A:

     The purpose of a sleep study is to obtain various measurements during sleep (brain activity, EKG, breathing). To obtain these measurements, we use:

 

 

·   Electrodes attached to the scalp (at the forehead, behind the ears, around the eyes and below the chin). The wires are used to record sleep activity in the brain, eye movement and muscle tone. The wires are attached using an adhesive paste and cotton.

·   Electrodes attached to the chest and abdomen used to record heart rate.

·   Electrodes attached to the legs (just below the knees) to record leg and body movement.

·   Elastic bands placed around the chest and abdomen used to monitor respiration.

·   Nasal tubing, similar to oxygen tubing, is used to monitor nasal breathing.

·   A soft finger wrap is used to continually measure oxygen level.

Q: What if I need assistance during the night?
A:

     The laboratory technologist will remain overnight in the laboratory area located outside of your bedroom and is able to assist you during the night and the following day.  A physician is also available if necessary.

Q: When will I be asked to go to sleep and get up?
A:
     Lights out is normally between 10:00 and 10:30 in the evening, earlier for children.  Our patients are generally woken up at 6:00 in the morning. If your natural bed and wake times are much earlier or later than this, please let your technologist know so we can plan accordingly.
Q: What happens in the morning?
A:

     Shortly after you are wakened (generally between 5:30 and 6:00 in the morning), our sleep technologist will ask you a few questions about your sleep quality and remove several sensors.  After testing is complete (generally around 6:00 in the morning), your sleep technologist will discuss the next steps in your treatment, including when you can expect to hear about your test results.  You will then be able to shower and prepare to go home.

Q: How do I get my results?
A:

     At the time of scheduling your sleep study you will also be scheduled with a follow up appointment with your doctor to go over your test results.

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