What to Expect
What happens at the time of your study?
When you arrive at American Sleep Medicine, LLC for your scheduled sleep study you will be greeted by a professional and friendly technician who will escort you to your room. The technician will explain the procedure and what to expect during the night.
The technician will prepare you for the study by placing leads on your lower legs, chest and head. Electrode gel will be used to adhere the leads to your skin. The gel is similar to the stickiness of a adhesive bandage. If applicable, the technician will also fit you with a mask. None of this equipment causes any pain or discomfort.
The preparation and mask fitting take between 30 and 45 minutes with lights out around 10 pm. Wake up time is between 5 and 6 am.
Your accommodations at any of our facilities are designed to look and feel very much like home. We provide you with:
- a private bedroom with a private or shared bathroom with fresh clean linens, towels and washcloths
- a night stand with lighting to read by
- a TV with cable or satellite service
- a snack and a drink upon arrival
- when you depart in the morning, a continental breakfast served in the lobby with juice coffee and water.
How to pack and dress for your study?
- Your hair should be clean and “undone”.
- Pack as if you are spending the night in a hotel- soap and shampoo are provided
- Pack toiletries such as deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste
- Eat supper before you come – we do have snacks and caffeine-free drinks
- No caffeine after 9 am the day of the test
- Bring any medications you regularly take at night or in the morning
- Bring comfortable clothing (P.J.s, sweats, NO SILK OR SATIN, etc.)
- We do have cable or satellite TV, but you may bring reading material, books, magazines, music with headphones, handiwork, etc.
- Although we provide pillows and blankets, you are welcome to bring your favorite from home.
- Shower facilities are available and towels are provided
- Please leave all valuables such as jewelry at home.
- Please, no pets, no firearms, no alcoholic beverages, no illegal drugs or inappropriate items
What paperwork do I need?
- Bring your insurance card and photo ID
- Bring your completed Patient Paperwork
When should I arrive and when do I leave?
- Arrive at 7:30 pm unless other arrangements are made with American Sleep Medicine Center.
- Departure time is around 6 am; please, tell the technicians if you need to leave earlier
- Remember to check your room upon departure for all your belongings.
The above list is available in a checklist form so you can print it out for reference.
Please note: Per Academy of Sleep Medicine and insurance (including Medicare) guidelines Obstructive Sleep Apnea testing is normally a two night procedure.
One night to diagnose this condition, a second night to determine the appropriate pressure to correct your apnea and keep your oxygen level normal. Following guidelines, occasionally these two studies may be combined and completed in one night. This is known as a Split Study.