A sleep study or Polysomnogram (PSG) is an overnight sleep study that records the patient's eye movements, brain activity, EKG, body movement, oxygen levels and more. Polysomnograms are used to diagnose various disorders including:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and other sleep-related breathing disorders
- Seizure disorders versus parasomnias occurring during sleep
- Sleep-related breathing disorders that may cause excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)
- Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) and other sleep-related movement disorders
During the sleep study the technician will apply:
- Small electrodes and wires that attach to the scalp using a conductive paste for measuring their brain activity. These help us determine if the patient is asleep and the sleep stage they're in.
- Small electrodes are taped to the face near the chin and eyes for measuring eye movement and muscle activity. These measure their eye and chin movements to determine sleep stages. Chin muscle activity can also determine if nocturnal teeth grinding is present during sleep.
- Two belts are put around the abdomen and chest for measuring breathing effort.
- A small thermal sensor and clear plastic tube (nasal cannula) for measuring breathing activity.
- Two electrodes attached on each of leg for measuring muscle activity and limb movement.
- A monitor that's taped to the finger for detecting oxygen levels.
- Two electrocardiogram (EKG) monitors for capturing heart rhythm and rate.
- A small microphone is attached to the neck to detect snoring.
Confidentiality is important
The results of your test will only be shared with you. Your insurance company will NEVER be sent the results of your sleep apnea test.
After your in lab study is completed, one of our Board Certified Physician will thoroughly look over it. We then call you with the results within 48 hours to go over you options.
Treatment of sleep apnea
It’s simple to schedule a telemedicine consultation with one of our sleep doctor specialists. After reviewing the results of your test, our physician can provide you with prescriptions for the treatment of your sleep apnea. If it has been deemed that treatment is necessary after the results of your study, we offer unbeatable prices for CPAP, BIPAP, and all other equipment that you may need.
Unlike companies that use doctors that have not been specifically trained in sleep medicine, your study results will be reviewed by one of our board-certified sleep physicians.