Sleep Disorders Center
Sleep well. Live well. Be well.
Are you one of the 70 million Americans who suffer from chronic fatigue, snoring, insomnia, or some other type of sleep disorder? If left untreated, some sleep disorders can lead to lack of energy, inability to concentrate, poor work or school performance, or worse... serious threats to your health.
Some signs that may indicate a sleep disorder include: snoring, waking up non-refreshed, having trouble staying awake during the day, waking up with headaches, waking during the night sometimes gasping for air or choking, or waking sweating.
The Sleep Disorders Center at St. Mary-Corwin is dedicated to diagnosing and treating patients with sleep-related disorders. It is open for your convenience seven nights a week. Patients are scheduled by physician referrals. If you have any of the warning signs mentioned or a history of high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, symptoms of depression, or excessive daytime sleepiness, you should be evaluated for a sleep-related disorder. Talk with your physician.
The Sleep Disorders Center provides a comfortable, hotel-like private room setting for the sleep study. We'd like you to bring the comforts from home as well including your favorite pillow and comfortable sleepwear. Each room has television for your relaxation. What's more, our staff of registered sleep technologists and credentialed sleep technicians will treat you with kindness and compassion... every step of the way. Your comfort is important to us.
Instructions for Sleep Study
Once your physician has ordered a sleep study for you, your appointment will be scheduled with the Sleep Disorders Center. You will then receive a packet of information with all the instructions you will need before your appointment. You may also call the Sleep Disorders Center any time at 719-557-5473. If you don't reach a staff member, kindly leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. Once you've been scheduled for a sleep study, we encourage you to check with your insurance company for coverage. The sleep study will be an outpatient procedure, although you will be staying overnight.
What happens during the Sleep Study?
When you arrive, a Sleep Disorders Center staff member will review your health history, sleep habits, and prepare you for your sleep study. Electrodes and sensors will be applied to your head, face, and other areas to allow the technician to monitor you while you sleep. There are also video and audio recorders in the room for additional monitoring ability. The procedure is painless and non-invasive, but it is time consuming. The sleep study will take 6-8 hours. You will arrive at 7:30 pm and the study will end the following morning at 6:00 am. If you need to leave at an earlier time, this can be arranged.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Once the sleep study is completed, one of our highly trained sleep specialty physicians will review it. In addition to specializing in sleep medicine, our physicians are also board certified in pulmonary medicine. When the physician has completed his review, written test results and recommendations are then promptly forwarded to the referring physician.
Depending upon your diagnosis, treatment recommendations can range from changing your sleeping position, medication, dental appliance, or to a mechanical device called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), a device that improves your breathing during sleep.
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