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Navigating you to a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep disorders can range from the most commonly known sleep apnea and insomnia, to snoring and sleepwalking, and can affect both adults and children alike. Many overlook or ignore sleep disorders because of embarrassment, self treatment or because they feel nothing can be done to resolve the problem.

Prolonging treatment of sleep apnea can seriously impact an individual’s physical, mental and psychological health, leading to an array of health complications and a poor quality of life.
Fortunately, advancements in technology and resources have made it possible to treat many types of sleep disorders quickly and safely.  It is, however, very important to work with a sleep specialist who is specialized are trained in identify and treating sleep disorders effectively.

Sleep specialist at the Sleep Services of Maryland include board-certified physicians and sleep therapists who are exclusively dedicated to educating, identifying and treating individuals with all categories of sleep disorders and their underlying causes. Our specialists work with both adults and children and have served the Tri-State area residents for more than 20 years.

Initial Sleep Consultation

The first step to navigating you to a good night’s sleep will begin with an initial sleep consultation with our board-certified sleep specialist. In this visit, your sleep specialist will review your medical history and sleep concerns. Upon completing a thorough evaluation, your physician will discuss your diagnosis and treatment options for your specific concern.  Sleep Services of Maryland uses the most leading edge testing and innovative and comprehensive treatment options so you can rest assure that you will receive the best possible care.

Sleep Study

Based on your diagnosis at the initial consultation, your sleep specialist may require you to return for a follow up sleep study visit.

If a sleep study is necessary, you will be scheduled for your sleep study before you leave your consultation visit (Please ensure you come prepared with available dates and times should a sleep study does need to be scheduled.) It is important to schedule the sleep study (if required) as soon as possible to avoid breaks in diagnosis and treatment—prolonging a successful treatment outcome.  

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In some cases, a sleep study is not required, and your sleep specialist will discuss the treatment options best suited for your diagnosis.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sleep Studies

What type of sleep study will be conducted?

Your sleep specialist will conduct an overnight, attended sleep study known as nocturnal polysomnograms or PSG.  It is necessary to conduct the study overnight to ensure you are monitored for an adequate time and stages of sleep. 

There are three types of overnight sleep studies and they include:

>> Diagnostic Evaluation

One of the more common overnight sleep studies include the Diagnostic Evaluation Sleep Study. In this study sleep specialists measure your sleep without any intervention. This study is generally used to diagnose or rule out a disorder.

>> Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Titration

In this study, a CPAP machine or ‘continuous positive airway’ machine is utilized to provide mild form of air pressure to help individuals with breathing difficulties. Breathing abnormalities are often a major cause of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. This procedure is used in both adults and children to help keep their airways open and normalize the breathing.

>> Split Night Study

As the name suggests, this study combines two different studies in one to include the Diagnostic and CPAP Titration study. The study begins with the Diagnostic Evaluation study and at mid-point switches to the CPAP.  Once the CPAP is started, breathing pressure is adjusted through the night until breathing has been normalized.

What will the sleep specialist monitor?

In the overnight sleep study in the sleep lab, the individual’s stages of sleep are monitored by recording their eye movements, muscle tone and brainwave patterns. The study also examines the heart rate, oxygen supply, breathing efforts, and air flow, snoring and leg movements.

Do I need the sleep study if I have already been diagnosed with a sleep disorder?

Yes.  Sleep Center of Maryland’s ultimate goal is the successful outcome of our treatment plans and a better quality of life for our patients. Therefore, your sleep specialist may require you to undergo an additional sleep study to ensure no adjustments or alternations are needed to your current treatment plan

What is the sleep study process like?

When you arrive at our sleep lab, you will be guided to a private room where the study will be conducted. To accurately observe the individuals stages of sleep and symptoms affiliated with the sleep apnea, your sleep technologist will apply sensors to scalp, face, throat, chest, fingers and lets.

The sensor application and set up usually takes about an hour and the sensors are harmless and do not cause discomfort or pain.

Individuals are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing or similar to what they may wear when preparing to sleep at home. In addition, patients are encouraged to bring a pillow, comforter/blanket and other items that may help them recreate the in-home sleep atmosphere.

For additional information or questions you may contact our office or speak to your sleep specialist.