The Sleep Lab is available for anyone that is a suspect for Sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep.
The individual with sleep apnea is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening. Sleep apnea is recognized as a problem by others witnessing the individual during episodes or is suspected because of its effects on the body. Symptoms may be present for years, even decades without identification, during which time the sufferer may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance.
Many times loud snoring then silence then large gasps of air may be an indication of sleep apnea. These episodes create interruptions of sleep which decrease the chance of a person having a restful nights sleep.
Who can make an appointment?
The patient will need a referral from his or her family physician. Dr. Mark Szmanda is a Neurologist at Langlade Hospital and oversees the Sleep Lab.
Why would you make an appointment?
Many times the patient may find that they are falling asleep in meetings, while driving, or while talking to someone. Patients have told us that there were times they notice the car going off the road a little and they have no idea why, or sitting around with people to find people looking at them and asking if they were okay because they fell asleep.
What are the accommodations? Are they private rooms?
We have two private rooms that have accommodations similar to a hotel. Each room has its own bathroom and shower, television with VCR/DVD and a large over stuffed recliner, for the person that prefers to sleep in a chair. We encourage patients to bring their own pillow, blanket, books magazines, or favorite movies to make them as comfortable as possible. Lights out are normally between 10:00pm and 11:00pm. The person may take a shower in the morning, we provide towels and wash cloths but soap and shampoo are not provided.
What are the treatment plans?
Often times Sleep apnea is treated by a device called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). CPAP use pressure and air flow to get past the obstruction so the person can breathe normal so they can have a restful night sleep to decrease the chance of daytime sleepiness and other medical problems. We try to do a split night study, this means if the person needs to have CPAP applied we try and do it on the same night to prevent a second appointment. Some physicians may recommend surgery on the persons mouth uvula or other parts like the tongue.
Does insurance cover this?
Most insurance, Medicare, and Medical Assistance will cover the Sleep test. Our sleep company works with the physician office to get approval from your insurance carrier.