After Testing – What’s Next

THE PROCESS

  • Evaluation by a professional
  • Testing of your sleep
  • Follow Up
  • —  Review of tests results
  • —  Treatment Prescribed if needed
  • Long-term care if needed

 

Sleep testing is a complicated process. After a sleep test, the recorded data has to be analyzed.  Many factors have to be reviewed and considered. Some test results may be straightforward and easy for a physician to explain and for the patient to understand. However, often the results are more complex and a careful review is required by the physician with an equally careful review with the patient to understand the results.  Most sleep centers require several days to produce a full report of a sleep study. Your center should provide you with guidelines as to how long it will be before you can expect results.

As part of an evaluation, your physician or sleep testing center should schedule a follow up appointment with your sleep physician to review your testing to be sure you understand the findings.  A few centers will have their staff call and give you a brief summary of the test results by phone when the follow up is scheduled or confirmed.

What if a sleep disorder is diagnosed?  Your physician, sleep physician or sleep center should direct you to someone or provide for you on going care and therapy for most sleep disorders. Often patients will need to be seen several times before their therapy is stabilized. However, patients whose condition resolves or becomes stable under treatment should consider yearly visits to their provider, more often if their condition requires.

 

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