Once you have Scheduled a Sleep Study

Were you referred by one of our sleep physicians?
If you have not already been scheduled by your physician’s office, please feel free to call and schedule yourself.

Were you referred by another physician or healthcare provider?
All patients coming to The Sleep Center who were referred by physicians other than our sleep physicians can expect to have two appointments, one for a detailed review of your sleep problem and a second for the testing ordered.

The appointment for review of your sleep problem is scheduled during the day. You should allow an hour for this appointment. During this visit you will watch a video describing the sleep study process and you will discuss your sleep history with our physician.

Once this appointment is complete, you will be scheduled for the appropriate sleep testing. If your physician’s office faxed your contact information to us, we will contact you to schedule your consultation. If your information was not faxed to us, feel free to contact us directly to schedule.

What to expect the night of the sleep study (Polysomnogram)

Arriving at The Sleep Center

You will be asked to arrive at The Sleep Center between 8:15 and 8:45 p.m. the night of your scheduled sleep study. When you arrive at night, the front door will be locked. You will need to knock on the front door and a sleep technologist will let you in. Our facility is secure and safe. We are located just a few blocks from both Scottsdale Fire and Police services.

The Sleep Center is located in a quiet, dark office complex. It may be difficult to find in the dark. It is best to locate The Sleep Center during daylight so that it will be easier to find on your night of study. If you get lost driving here the night of your study, the sleep technologists will answer the phone and help you locate the Sleep Center.

What to Bring
Be prepared for the sleep technologist to ask for a list of the medications you took that day. Bring your usual bedtime medications, unless a physician has told you not to take them for the sleep study. If you are not sure if you should take your usual medications, feel free to contact us. Bring all toiletries you may need the night of the sleep study and the next morning. If you would like to bring a snack, feel free to do so. We have a refrigerator where the sleep technician can store your food, if needed. If you were given paperwork to fill out before your sleep study, bring it with you.

Your Sleeping Room
Our professional sleep technologists will greet you at the door and show you to your bedroom. They will explain the steps you will be going through during the night and allow you to get settled. At The Sleep Center, each sleep technologist is responsible for two patients each night. While there are four patient rooms at The Sleep Center, it is unlikely you will see or be seen by any other patients outside of the lobby area.

Each testing room has similar beds, furnishings and decor. The beds are firm and two pillows are available. You may bring your own pillow(s) for extra comfort. You are welcome to bring mattress pads, blankets, and anything else that will provide further comfort for you.

The sleep technologist will monitor your test from the control room and will only enter your bedroom when it is necessary. Our staff will view your test measurements on computer monitors, your activities with an infrared camera system, and your snoring and spoken words with a voice monitor.

Clothing for Sleep
For your sleep study, please wear comfortable sleep clothing. Fabrics that are slick, such as satin or silk should not be worn because they will make it difficult for the belts to remain on your chest and abdomen. The temperature at the sleep center is cool. Cotton shirt, pants, shorts, etc. are all appropriate.

Testing Your Sleep
The sleep test is designed to measure sleep stages, breathing, body movements, heart function and oxygen levels. Measuring all of these functions is done with sensors that are placed on you. You may be the first patient to be hooked up to the equipment or the second. This order is based on the time you normally go to sleep. You can expect the sleep technologist to spend between 30 and 45 minutes placing the sensors. Once you are connected to the monitors, you can go to sleep or read, watch TV, etc. until the test begins. The test will begin as close to your normal sleeping time as possible, but we also need to consider the time needed to complete the test. A minimum of six (6) hours of recording time is required.

The sleep technologist will explain the procedure of connecting you to our equipment. There will be wires pasted on your head, chin and legs. A small sensor will be placed under your nose and heart monitoring leads on your chest. You will be wearing belts on your chest and abdomen. You will have a conducting paste in your hair and on your face. This paste conducts signals from your body to the monitors and gives us the information to make the needed measurements.

Will you sleep?
Most people worry that they will not be able to sleep during the test. Will I sleep long enough? Will it be good enough sleep to get results? These worries are usually unnecessary. The vast majority of patients sleep long enough and well enough for the equipment to get adequate information about their sleep.

If you are concerned and have trouble going to sleep, speak with your physician or the Sleep Center staff. It may be possible to prescribe a mild sleeping aid (pill) for you on the night of your test.

Problems During the night
If you have problems with the sensors, the temperature of the bedroom, or if you just want to ask the sleep technologist a question during the night, it is easy to notify the technologist. You simply speak aloud and ask your questions. The technicians will hear your request(s) and respond appropriately and in a timely manner.

Getting to the bathroom
If you need to use the restroom during the night of your sleep study, it is not a problem. Upon waking up and realizing that you must use the restroom, you simply need to speak aloud and say, “I need to use the restroom.” The sleep technologist can hear you and will come into the room. All the wires that will be attached to you plug into one small box which the technologist will unplug for you. You are then free to use the restroom alone. When you are finished, the sleep technologist will plug the box back in and you can return to sleep.

The Morning
The sleep technologist will wake you and end the test between 6 and 6:30 a.m. the next morning. It takes approximately 10 minutes for the technologist to remove the electrodes. After this is complete, you will be asked to answer some questions about your night’s sleep. Then you are free to go. You will have paste from monitors in your hair that will come out with warm water and shampoo.We have one shower available for you to use if you must get ready for work at The Sleep Center. Please bring your own shampoo and conditioner if you wish to shower here. We do have bar soap available for your use, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

Special needs
Problems with confusion, incontinence, and arthritis or other disabilities can be accommodated.

Test results

A tremendous amount of information is gathered during a polysomnogram. It is a significant task to review the measurements and calculate the results. The data from the test is usually ready for the sleep physician’s review one or two business days following the test. The physician who reviews the test will dictate a report of their interpretation of your results. This dictation will be typed for the sleep physician and the referring physician(s). This process takes one to three days for most of our physicians to complete. However, it is dependent upon the physician’s time and availability.

It is best to not expect completed results from your physician for at least five working days after your test.
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