When should I visit my Neurologist or sleep specialist?
It's time to see a Neurologist like Dr. Shameela Ahmed who has an additional “Sleep Certification” when you have had trouble sleeping constantly or if you are tired during the day and don’t know the reason behind it. Your PCP (Primary Care Physician) may not be qualified enough and taking sleep aids or energy boosting products might not be the solution to your problem. It is important to get properly evaluated in a sleep lab. It is very important to have your nocturnal breathing pattern evaluated before starting sleeping agents, because they may depress your respiratory drive.Do I have to have an office visit before my sleep study?Usually that is the best medicine. Dr. Ahmed is board certified in sleep medicine and she will perform an extensive review of your medical history with a special focus on sleep and she will perform a physical exam aimed at uncovering common causes of sleep disruption. She will evaluate you for one of the more than 80 sleep disorders that are currently known. Some sleep disorders may be treated without requiring a sleep study, while others require a sleep study to determine which disorder you may have and its severity. This visit not only insures that we are providing you with the best possible service. We also see sleep patients with referrals from other doctors and physicians as long as the patients get pre-approved for their sleep study by their respective insurance carriers.What will happen when I arrive at the sleep center?You will be given several time options for your convenience for your sleep study appointment. Please try to be there on time as we need at least 6 hours of sleep to prepare the sleep study report. After you arrive at Horizon Sleep Center, one of our technicians will meet you and give you the paperwork to complete. After that she will show you to your room. She will also explain the set-up procedure and answer any questions you may have. After that you can change into your nightclothes and get ready for bed. The technician will then come in and apply the electrodes. After you electrodes have been put on you are ready to go to sleep. A typical sleep study takes 6-7 hours to complete. You can expect to be discharged between 5:00 – 6:30 in the morning.Should I take my medications?Yes, take your medication as usual unless specifically instructed by the physician. You can also bring any medication with you that you want to take during the night or early in the morning. Please notify our technicians of what medications you are taking since many medications can affect sleep.How will I be able to sleep with all those wires on me?Don’t worry about all the wires which will be attached on you. These wires are gathered behind you in a ponytail and it is attached to a box. This will enable you to change positions easily. The technical equipment and sleep technicians are in a separate room from your bedroom.What if I can't fall asleep?
Don’t get panicky with images of all those wire attached to a sleep study patient. It might be a while longer than normal but the good news is that almost everyone does fall asleep. You may read, watch TV to get relaxed. If you have any more concerns, please voice this to our physician during your appointment.Will I be able to use the restroom?Getting up and going to the restroom is not a problem at all. The rest room is right next to the bedroom. All you have to do call our technician using the intercom and the technologist will unhook the ponytail of wires from the box and set it around your neck while you use the restroom.Can I watch TV?Yes there is a TV in each room and you are allowed to watch it to relax and fall asleep. But since a minimum 6 hours of sleep is required for a sleep study you will be asked to turn it off after a specific time for the study to commence. How long do I have to be at the sleep lab?Arrival times are flexible; typically, patients arrive between 7pm and 8:30pm and leave between 5:00 am and 8:00 am. Patients are usually with us about 9 hours. We aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep study time.
When will I receive the results of my sleep study?
You will have a follow-up visit with your healthcare provider or a Sleep Specialist to discuss the results of your study.We ask you to allow us up to 48 hours to determine results, however if condition is severe we will call you the next morning to schedule the next appropriate step for you. It is preferred that you wait until the sleep study results are available before the follow-up appointment is scheduled. Sleep study results are not generally discussed over the telephone because of their complex nature. To fully understand the results of your sleep study, their implications, and treatment options, you should meet face-to-face with a healthcare professional.What is the next step after sleep study?Depending on results we will ask you to come for a second sleep study which will include a CPAP (Positive Airway Pressure) Titration. After this study we will order you a CPAP machine and have it sent to your home.What if someone wants to accompany an adult or a juvenile patient?If a patient needs 24-hour care, we ask that the caregiver to stay with the patient in one of our rooms specially fitted recliner. If a spouse wishes to accompany the patient so as not to stay home alone, arrangements can be made. Juvenile patients must ALWAYS be accompanied by a parent.Is there overnight parking?Yes there is overnight parking available. The parking area is right in front of our lab.