Diagnosis & Testing
What to Expect?
During a sleep study, you will spend the night in our comfortable, home-like center so we can gather data on your sleep. The testing procedure is painless. You will be monitored while you sleep by specially trained sleep technicians using the most advanced diagnostic equipment. A copy of your results will be sent to your referring physician, along with a recommendation for an appropriate course of treatment. For night shift workers, daytime diagnostic studies are available.
Sleep studies are conducted based on physician or self-referral. Some of the studies performed are:
Narcolepsy Test (MSLT)
A Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) is performed on patients who show symptoms of Narcolepsy during the diagnostic study.
The MSLT is a daytime study that is performed at our Gainesville location Monday - Friday. Patients arrive at 8:00 a.m. and take a series of five naps, which are spread two hours apart. Patients are encouraged to bring a book, homework, etc. to help entertain themselves during these breaks. The center does have televisions in each of the patient rooms. Lunch is included during the study.
Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)
The Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) is used to indicate whether a person on CPAP can stay awake during the day. It is usually conducted on workers that have a job where alertness is required (for example: truck drivers, safety workers, etc.).
Sleep Apnea Test
This test requires a second sleep study for the patient to be introduced to the Constant Positive Airway Pressure CPAP machine and mask. The goal of this study is to find the optimal air pressure to individually treat the patient's Sleep Apnea.
Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea (Mandibular Advancement)
Patients diagnosed with mild cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea can seek dentists who specialize in oral treatment options. Mandibular advancements are custom made for each patient and attach together to adjust the lower jaw slightly forward. This enables the patient's airway to allow more airflow while asleep.
Treatment options vary depending on the sleep disorder and severity.