What Can You Expect During a Sleep Study?
During a sleep study, you will spend the night in our comfortable, home-like center so we can gather data on your sleep. The testing procedure is painless. You will be monitored while you sleep by Registered sleep technologist using the most advanced diagnostic equipment. A copy of your results will be sent to your referring physician, along with a recommendation for an appropriate course of treatment. For night shift workers, daytime diagnostic studies are available.
Sleep Study Types
Sleep studies are conducted based on physician or self-referral through our Sleep Disorders Clinic. Some of the studies performed at RMC’s Sleep Disorders Center include:
MPSG is a diagnostic study or test that sometimes requires a two-part study for the patient to be introduced to the Constant Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine and mask. The goal of this study is to find the optimal air pressure to individually treat the patient’s Sleep Apnea.
A Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) is performed on patients testing for Narcolepsy.The MSLT is a daytime study that is performed Tuesday–Thursday. A MSLT consists of a series of five naps, which are spread two hours apart. Patients are encouraged to bring a book, homework, etc. to help entertain themselves during these breaks. The center does have televisions in each of the patient rooms. Breakfast and Lunch are provided during the study. Patients should plan to arrive at 7:30 pm for a controlled overnight study prior to MSLT.
The Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) is used to indicate if a person can stay awake during the day. This type of test is frequently conducted on workers that have a job where alertness is required (for example: truck drivers, safety workers, etc.). It can also test patients on CPAP, those who have signs of Sleep Apnea, or to test patients who are on new medications.
Patients diagnosed with mild cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea can seek dentists who specialize in oral treatment options. Mandibular advancements are custom made for each patient and attach together to adjust the lower jaw slightly forward. This enables the patient’s airway to allow more airflow while asleep.