A polysomnogram is a test which measures body functions during sleep. Each test will vary depending on the individual case and some measurements taken may include:
Disturbed sleep can affect daytime activities and sometimes medical problems during sleep involve a risk to your health. These parameters are recorded to obtain objective information about the quality of sleep to better define your sleep problem.
Surprisingly, most people sleep well. The body sensors are applied in a manner that will allow you to turn and move during sleep. Generally, you will not be disturbed by the monitors after they have been on for a while and many patients report that they actually sleep better here than at home. Remember that this is not a performance test, but merely a recording of how you sleep.
No!! Sometimes, in rubbing the skin, there are mild temporary irritations. However, this does not generally cause significant pain.
In most cases, sleeping pills are not needed, but if you are having a difficult time sleeping we may consider using a medication to help you sleep. Please DO NOT stop taking any of your medications without first consulting with your sleep physician.
Some patients also participate in daytime testing. This test consists of a series of 20 minute nap opportunities. The naps are conducted every 2 hours throughout the day. During the nap period you are encouraged to sleep and during breaks you MUST stay awake, otherwise the study is compromised. In general this study is concluded by 5 pm.
DO NOT BRING ANY VALUABLES OR MONEY WITH YOU! WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOST OR STOLEN MONEY AND/OR VALUABLES!
The Dallas Center for Sleep Disorders is an outpatient facility. Meal service is NOT provided, except for patients scheduled for daytime nap testing (MSLT). PLEASE EAT PRIOR TO ARRIVAL TIME. Restaurants are located in the nearby shopping center if you arrive early. Please plan to bring snacks and drinks for refreshments, if you so desire during your stay in the Sleep Clinic.
The reception and scheduling office closes at 5:00 pm. The Dallas Center for Sleep Disorders opens at 8:30 pm for overnight sleep studies. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARRIVE ON TIME!!!! If you need to cancel your overnight sleep study appointment or if you are running late after our office closes for the day, please call the Sleep Clinic answering service at 972-473-7300 ext 229 and leave a message.
We are an accredited Sleep Center and most major insurance companies routinely cover our services. We recommend that you check with your insurance company about details regarding coverage for sleep testing, treatment, and follow up care (durable medical equipment). We will provide medical descriptions of the tests provided if this is useful for insurance purposes. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the clinic coordinator at 972-473-7300. If you have any questions regarding follow up arrangements for durable medical equipment (CPAP / BiLevel), please call the Sleep Center at 972-473-7300.
The record of your sleep test will probably be about 1000 epochs long and it is stored on an optical disk. It will be analyzed in detail by a technologist and our board certified physician, Dr. Kakar. If you are being seen by one of our clinic physicians, you will be asked to make a follow up appointment to receive your sleep study results. If you are not being seen by one of our doctors, you should make an appointment to see your referring physician 1-2 weeks after your study date.
Person to notify in case of emergency (relative or friend):
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The Kakar Apnea Survey is a screening tool and is not intended to provide a diagnosis of any disease or illness. The Author of the Survey assumes no liability for its use.
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Even if you have not done some of these things recently, try to work out how they would have affected you. Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0 – Would never doze
1 – Slight chance of dozing
2 – Moderate chance of dozing
3 – High chance of dozing
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