The right test is the best care
Only after thorough evaluation, will we determine if and if so what type of sleep study you need.
Accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, requires a qualified sleep physician consultation before any sleep study.
A "sleep study" is not a one-size-fits-all test. The type of study that we order depends on your specific complaints and physical examination.
Types of Sleep Studies
1. Diagnostic Overnight Polysomnography (PSG)
A test used to monitor sleep and certain functions of the body during sleep such as:
Blood oxygen levels
2. Diagnostic Daytime Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
A test sleep professionals use for diagnosing narcolepsy. They also use it to measure your degree of sleepiness during the day. It measures how fast you fall asleep during the day in quiet situations as well as monitors how fast you enter REM sleep and how often. A sleep technologist will perform this test on the morning after you’ve received a diagnostic overnight PSG.
3. CPAP Titration
You’ll receive diagnostic evaluation and general monitoring your first night. If it’s discovered you have sleep apnea, the sleep physician will ask you to come back a second night to figure out what air pressure is adequate for your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. This is a device that delivers air through a special nasal mask into your airways.
4. Split-night PSG with CPAP Titration
A test conducted when you have or it’s highly suspected you have moderate to severe sleep apnea. The sleep professional uses the second half of the night to figure out the required CPAP pressure to offset your apnea.
5. Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT)
Your doctor may allow you to use an at-home sleep study test to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) rather than you going to the sleep center. Your insurance may or may not allow HSAT. We may suggest at-home sleep study testing only when:
You’re under a sleep specialist’s care
You don’t have other sleep disorders
Your doctor believes you have high probability of having OSA
You don’t have lung disease, heart disease or any other serious health problem
6. Polysomnography (PSG) with Expanded EEG
A test used to monitor sleep and certain functions of the body during sleep such as seizures, unusual movements and nighttime activity
7. Pediatric Polysomnography (PSG)
Children requiring sleep studies have special needs. We will allow a parent to stay with the child during the sleep study. Additional equipment to measure carbon dioxide is used on children.
8. Shiftwork Polysomnography
Accommodating night shift workers by performing a sleep study beginning in the morning instead of at night.
A variety of variations depending on the circumstance can be ordered by the sleep specialist.
As you can see, if the right type of sleep study is not ordered, it may give incorrect or incomplete information. This is why it is critical to have a thorough evaluation by qualified sleep specialist before any sleep study is performed... And this is why we are here to help!