Sleep Disorder Center Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule a sleep study?
You will need to speak with your physician or nurse about a sleep study, the office will get a hold of Hammond-Henry Sleep Disorder Center with the order for a sleep study. The sleep center will then contact you to schedule the sleep study.
What if I see multiple physicians?
The same applies to any physician you see whether it is your family physician or a specialist physician. We need an order for a sleep study from a physician.
How am I supposed to sleep with all of those wires attached to me?
That is one of the most common questions asked. Most people worry about the wires falling off, or that they have to lie on their back only. You are able to turn from side to side, lie on your stomach and lay on your back. That is the benefit of coming into a sleep center there is a trained technologist who observes the study and makes sure the wires stay intact.
I have to use the bathroom several times during the night, can I use the restroom during the test?
Of course! There is an intercom system in each sleep room and it is on the entire night of the sleep study. The technologist just needs to come in and disconnect a few pieces and you are free to use the restroom.
Is there any pain with the sleep test?
No, this is a non-invasive test which is relatively painless.
What should I bring to the sleep center?
The sleep center has private bathrooms with showers in both bedrooms. There are complimentary supplies needed to take a shower in the morning, including toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, lotion, towels, and shampoo. You are welcome to bring any other toiletries needed. Also, you can bring your own pillow and/or blanket if that makes your stay more comfortable. You can bring magazines, books, or electronic device (we have free Wi-Fi) to help you unwind and get ready for bed. We also ask you to bring pajamas which include a shirt and shorts or pants, nightgowns, etc... preferably something loose-fitting.
Can I bring something to drink or snack on?
You are welcome to bring in your own snack or drinks. Water is available if you so desire.
Why may I have to have two sleep studies instead of one?
The first sleep study is used to diagnose your possible sleep disorder. Sometimes with time constraints and criteria needed to qualify for some sleep disorders, a second study may be needed to provide the treatment of the sleep disorder. Everyone that comes in for a sleep study has the possibility of being treated on the first night. We need to make sure that you first have a sleep disorder and second that the proper criteria is met for insurance purposes.
What is the treatment used if I have sleep apnea?
Positive airway pressure therapy or PAP therapy is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. There are two kinds of PAP therapy one is CPAP which stands for continuous positive airway pressure or BiPAP which is bi-level positive airway pressure. The technologist will find the best therapy for you the night of your treatment study.
What does PAP therapy do to treat sleep apnea?
PAP therapy uses room air to gently open the airway to allow a consistent flow of air to move in and out of your airway. It does usually take a brief period of time to get adjusted to the use of PAP therapy, but most people cannot believe the difference it makes on their daily life compared to before PAP therapy.