State of the Art Sleep Testing

Changes In Sleep Testing Operations Due to COVID-19

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, OmniSleep transitioned to performing Home Sleep Apnea Tests (HSAT) for most patients, followed by a home trial on CPAP.    The HSAT and CPAP are picked up from our lobby on the date of your study and should be returned the following day at the required time..  

 

We perform in-lab diagnostic sleep studies children, patients with COPD, users of oxygen, and sleep studies to rule out narcolepsy and limb movement disorders.  

  

OmniSleep does not perform in-lab sleep tests to set CPAP or BiPAP  equipment at this time.   For most patients, after the HSAT or diagnostic lab sleep study, our providers will order PAP treatment equipment that allows for proper treatment settings to be done remotely. 

Accurate Sleep Studies, In-Center and At Home.

Sleep testing is the main tool that we use to diagnose the major sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, hyperventilation of sleep, and limb movement disorders.  OmniSleep uses advanced diagnostic equipment and software to detect sleep disorders accurately. 

 

All sleep study interpretations and reports are performed by our board certified / board eligible sleep physicians.  All of our sleep technologists are highly trained and are permitted and licensed to practice polysomnography (sleep testing) by the State of New Mexico.   

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Diagnostic Sleep Study

A diagnostic sleep study, or polysomnography (PSG), is used to identify several disorders, primarily, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Periodic Limb Movement, and Narcolepsy (Sleep studies are not utilized in insomnia cases). A sleep study requires an overnight stay in one of our comfortable sleep medicine centers which typically occur from 8:30pm to 6:30am the next day. Friendly and specially trained sleep technologists administer these tests while the patient sleeps. Our studies utilize high tech sleep recorders to monitor numerous bio-signals of each patient. This involves applying numerous sensors to sites on the body. The entire procedure is non-invasive and totally safe.

Treatment  Sleep Study

Not performed at this time.

Treatment sleep studies are designed to treat diagnosed respiratory disorders of sleep like OSA and hypoventilation during sleep.  They are identical to a diagnostic sleep study but while while patients sleeps, they are also placed on nasal CPAP / BiPAP therapy and sometimes supplemental oxygen to treat their disorders.  The “PAP” in CPAP and BiPAP stand for “positive airway pressure.” These devices essentially inflate the large or small airways to ensure that patients can breathe normally during sleep.  During these studies, our sleep technologists use real-time data from our sleep recorders, such as breathing airflow and oximetry, to adjust CPAP, BiPAP, and/or oxygen settings to treat the disorder. After the study, our sleep specialists determine the most effective settings and the patient’s tolerance for CPAP or BiPAP, including these recommendations in the interpretation report.

 

Multiple Sleep Latency Test

The Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) is the best method for diagnosing Narcolepsy and Idiopathic Hypersomnolence (sleepiness without a clear cause), and is always preceded by a nighttime diagnostic sleep study.  The tests measures the time it takes to fall asleep and also the presence of REM sleep. It starts at around 8am and consists of a series of five naps, each separated by approximately two hours, or until about 4:30pm . Patients are asked to try to sleep during the naps. In between naps, they are required to stay awake. A drug test is sometimes required before the MSLT.

Home Sleep Apnea Test

In-center sleep testing is the standard sleep diagnostic test, your provider or insurance company may determine that a home sleep apnea test is indicated.  Unattended testing uses advanced equipment to allow patients to be tested in their home. Medicare recognizes HST as a valid test to diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  HST also allows providers to test patients that cannot visit our Sleep Medicine Centers for a lab sleep study. .

3810 Masthead St., Albuquerque, NM 87109

Tel: 505-843-8758

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