Sleep Medicine, which is a medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of sleep disturbances and disorders, is a primary specialty of our practice. Our physician, Dr. David Lesch, is dually board-certified in both neurology and sleep medicine.
If you or someone you love is suffering from chronic fatigue or struggling to get a good night’s sleep, you know first-hand the severely detrimental effect this can have on daily life and a person’s overall sense of well-being. The good news is that, through proper medical intervention, most patients can generally overcome these issues and begin to lead a normal and more fulfilling life.
For our patient’s comfort and convenience, we perform sleep studies in-house using our AASM accredited facility. We also provide DME sleep equipment to our patients. Accreditation with the AASM ensures that the highest standards are met in regards to the quality of our equipment, the qualifications and training of our staff, and an assurance that policies and procedures meet the standards of excellence set by the AASM board of sleep professionals. In our facility, the quality of our sleep testing procedures and the satisfaction and comfort of our patients is top priority. Apart from the monitoring equipment, our sleep testing rooms will make the patient feel as though they are in a nice hotel.
The first thing you will notice when you arrive at the sleep center is the security measures in place to assure the safety of you and our staff. The front doors will be locked. A door buzzer can be found to the left of our front doors. One of our sleep technologists will let you in and lock the door behind you. You will then be shown to your sleep room. After completing a small amount of paperwork, you will be allowed to change into your sleep clothes. We recommend that you come with sleep clothing that includes a top and bottom. Night gowns are not the best choice when having a sleep study. Shorts and a tee shirt or pajamas are fine. Once you have changed, the technologist will apply several electrodes to your scalp, face and legs. These electrodes are attached using either a washable paste or sticky electrodes that stick like a band-aid. These electrodes allow our technologist’s to monitor your sleep, breathing, oxygen levels, heart rate and leg movements while asleep. This enables our physician to diagnose such disorders as sleep apnea and periodic limb movement disorder. At times, other disorders are also detected during sleep. If sleep apnea is detected, your physician may determine a second study is needed to determine the best treatment for your sleep breathing disorder.
The second study is usually to find the right treatment settings for CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), which is generally felt to be the best treatment option and works by splinting or bracing the airway open with slightly higher air pressure to prevent its collapse. This night is nearly identical to the first night except a small mask like device is gently applied to the nose and is connected to a small air compressor to apply the higher pressure. The pressure is adjusted until the patient’s airway no longer collapses.
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