What to expect when you see the Sleep Specialist
At your first visit, the medical staff will review your sleep questionnaire and record your medical history and sleep habits. This can include talking with your bed partner or other members of your household about your sleeping and daytime behavior if they attend the appointment with you.
Testing for Sleep Disorders
You may be asked to participate in an overnight sleep study (polysomnogram) to evaluate your sleep and record important information including brain waves, breathing, heart rhythms, muscle activity and limb movements during sleep. The test is non-invasive and not painful. The sleep lab environment is dark, quiet and comfortable, and conducive for sleeping. However, the presence of the wires and electrodes occasionally affect the sleep of some patients. If you are concerned about your ability to fall asleep during the testing procedure, talk to your provider for suggestions on how to achieve the best results from your study. Our preferred lab is The Sleep Center of Austin, located one floor below our office. At the end of your consultation, a follow up appointment will be scheduled for the purpose of reviewing your sleep study. Studies are scheduled in an independent sleep lab or hospital, depending on your insurance requirements.
After Your Sleep Study
Our physicians interpret all studies for SMC patients. At your follow up appointment, your provider will review your sleep study with you and give you a copy for your personal records. A copy will also be sent to your referring physician.
When medically indicated, many patients start CPAP equipment prior to a follow up visit, allowing them time to adjust to CPAP therapy before being seen back in the office. Today, most CPAP units have the ability to store data while you sleep. This data can be downloaded to a computer supplying us with valuable information for the best treatment results.
CPAP units and supplies are available from our DME partner, Parkcrest Medical Supply, located one floor below our office. Since CPAP is a medical device, equipment and supplies require a physician prescription which is valid for one year. If it’s been more than a year since your last visit, you will be asked to schedule an office visit prior to DME approvals.
Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. These studies are a key research tool for advancing medical knowledge and patient care. Dr. Hudson is the principal investigator for FutureSearch Trials of Neurology. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial ask for more information during your appointment with any of our providers.
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