Diagnosis and Treatment

 

A sleep study, or polysomnography, helps doctors diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. It is a non-invasive, overnight exam where your sleep will be monitored to see what’s happening in your brain and body. Lakewood Health System offers both in-patient and in-home sleep study options.

While you sleep, an EEG, or electroencephalogram, monitors your sleep stages and the cycles of sleep you go through during the night, to identify possible disruptions in the pattern of your sleep. Using sensors, a sleep study will also measure eye movements, oxygen levels in your blood, heart and breathing rates, snoring, and body movements. Electroencephalograms are done at our sleep lab, by appointment only.

Once the referral order is on file at our sleep lab, you will receive either a call or a letter from our sleep technicians to schedule an appointment.

Lakewood Health System’s sleep lab offers in-patient and in-home screenings for men and women, ages 12 and up. Both studies are done only by appointment, and may have some restrictions. To determine if you’re eligible for an in-home study, talk with your provider. Insurance may not cover the sleep study, so talk with your insurance provider for details.

  • In-patient: Once the referral has been made, and you’ve scheduled an appointment, you will receive additional information to help you prepare for your study. When you arrive for your appointment, the sleep technician will walk you through the process, and get everything set up for your evening of sleep. They will also monitor you throughout the night.
  • In-home: Like the in-patient study, the in-home study requires a referral and an appointment. At your appointment, you will receive information about the study and the equipment, and a sleep technician will walk you through the steps to ensure you are comfortable with everything before you leave. After the study is complete, all equipment must be returned to the sleep lab the following morning. (There are specific regulations for DOT sleep studies, all of which will be discussed with you by the sleep technician.)
  • The data collected during your study will be analyzed by a sleep technician, as well as a sleep specialist, and you will receive your results from the sleep lab after they have been sent to your primary provider.

The most common treatment for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. It provides a gentle flow of air through your nose using a mask that opens your airway. This pressure prevents the airway from collapsing, which allows you to breathe and maintain proper sleep.

Benefits of CPAP therapy:

  • Improved health
  • Improved memory
  • Improved feeling of well-being
  • Improved work performance
  • Decreased risks for heart problems, high blood pressure and stroke
  • Stabilized blood glucose levels

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