Males: Please bring proper sleeping attire. If you do not typically wear pajamas, you must wear a T-shirt and gym/swim-type shorts, or T-shirt and sweat pants.
Females: Please bring pajamas or a shirt with shorts or sweat pants. Nightgowns tend to pull up and get tangled in our sensors. If you have dark nail polish, we will remove it from one of your pinky fingers so that we may monitor your oxygen level with a finger clip. Please do not wear shirts or pajama tops of slick or very silky material because it affects the quality of the test.
Medications: We do NOT provide medications. Bring any medications or personal hygiene items that you may require. No alcohol or smoking is allowed. If you use oxygen, bring a portable tank for getting to and from your vehicle. We have oxygen to use while in the area. Please bring your current medication list. For your convenience, you may print a medication list and bring the completed form to your appointment.
The Test: Monitoring your sleep requires taping approximately 20 various sensors and wires on your head, face, neck, chest and legs. This takes about 45 minutes to complete, after which you will be ready for bed. The wires are connected to an input box located at the head of the bed. Should you need to get up, you simply call out for the technician. You are free to roll about and sit up in bed with little restriction to movement. You will be awakened no later than 6 a.m. so that you will be ready to leave by 6:30 a.m. If you require an earlier wake up time for work, alert the technician.
Because we are an outpatient clinic, we do not provide nursing care or medications. If you have special needs, please discuss these at the time you schedule your test. This includes any of the following: assistance walking short distances, assistance using the toilet, assistance getting into and out of bed, fall-prone, difficulty communicating in English, or assistance with medications. If any of these apply, an able-bodied family member or care-giver must remain with you during the night.
Cancellations: If an emergency comes up and you must cancel, please call us as far in advance as possible so we can offer your space to another patient. If you have a severe cold, a fever, or if you are sick to your stomach, it will prevent us from making an accurate diagnosis and you will probably not sleep very well. Please call us ahead of time so we may reschedule your test to a later date when you are feeling better.
Some patients may be scheduled for an additional test throughout the next day called a nap study or MSLT. This is a series of brief naps at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. They evaluate certain conditions of excessive sleepiness. You will be allowed to leave after the last nap, usually around 3 p.m. Bring snacks, reading material or work to remain occupied throughout the day.
Office consultations with a sleep specialist physician are covered by insurance for all sleep-related conditions, including insomnia. Sleep Studies are covered to evaluate and treat certain conditions such as:
Sleep studies are not generally required or covered for the following conditions, however we can evaluate and treat during clinic visits with a sleep specialist:
Treatment for snoring alone is not usually covered. Behavioral treatment for Insomnia is sometimes limited to a certain number of sessions or a maximum dollar amount.
The cost of a sleep study varies depending upon what test is used. Insurance plan payment varies greatly depending on the discount rate negotiated between your insurance company and the Medical Center. The actual out-of-pocket expense will depend upon your plan type, co-payment percentage and if you have met any deductibles. If you are self-pay, let us know in advance so we can make special payment arrangements.