Georgetown ENT Sleep Center In-Office Tests
If you suspect you or your child has sleep apnea or another disruptive sleep condition, a sleep study may be the next step. When you meet with Dr. Franklin, he will do a physical exam to see if he can diagnose the issue. If not, it's necessary to gather information on your oxygen intake, blood flow, heart rate and other factors while you sleep. This is done through a sleep test, which we can do at our in-office sleep lab.
Why Get a Sleep Test?
If Dr. Franklin suggests you undergo a sleep study, you may be wondering what is involved in this test and what to expect. Sleep studies help doctors diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, insomnia, and nighttime behaviors like sleepwalking and REM sleep behavior disorder. Often these disorders cannot be identified with a normal office visit so your doctor needs to gather more conclusive evidence while you're asleep.
What Does a Sleep Test Monitor?
A sleep study is a non-invasive, overnight exam that allows doctors to monitor you while you sleep to see what's happening in your brain and body. For this test, you will stay overnight in our sleep lab which is set up to monitor some specific information. While you sleep, an EEG monitors your sleep stages and the cycles of REM and nonREM or NREM sleep you go through during the night, to identify possible disruptions in the pattern of your sleep. A sleep study will also measure things such as eye movements, oxygen levels in your blood (through a sensor, there are no needles involved), heart and breathing rates, snoring, and body movements.
How Does It Work?
You'll be asked to arrive roughly two hours before bedtime. You can bring personal items related to sleep, and you can sleep in your own pajamas. Before you go to bed in the exam room, a technologist will place sensors, or electrodes, on your head and body, but you'll still have plenty of room to move and get comfortable. Polysomnographic (sleep study) technologists monitor you during the night and can help you if you need to use the bathroom, for example. Many people wonder how they'll be able to sleep under these conditions. Don't worry about this too much since a full night of sleep is not required to gather useful information from your sleep study.
The data from your sleep study will usually be taken by a technologist, and later evaluated by Dr. Franklin. This may take up to two weeks, when you'll schedule a follow up to discuss the results.
Treating Sleep Disorders
Treatment options that are typically given for conditions that require a sleep study include CPAP/BiPAP therapy, in-office surgical procedures and outpatient surgical procedures. However, Dr. Franklin may discuss at home remedies or devices that can be used to treat it