State of the Art Sleep Testing

Changes In Sleep Testing Operations Due to COVID-19

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, on 3/23/20, OmniSleep stopped performing in-lab sleep studies and began performing Home Sleep Apnea Tests (HSAT) only.   We'll call patients already on our schedule well in advance of their scheduled sleep study to make arrangements.

 

The HSAT is used to diagnose sleep apnea only and it is a good test for most patients, so most of our patients will have HSAT instead of their scheduled in-lab diagnostic sleep study, 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.

 

Because HSAT and home CPAP trials are not used for certain patients, we'll need to postpone their sleep tests until the COVID-19 threat subsides and we open our sleep lab again.  HSAT is not used for: pediatric patients, patients that use night time oxygen and have lung disease, patients with neuromuscular diseases, and morbidly obese patients.  If you are one of these patients, we'll be contacting you soon to arrange for postponement of your sleep study to another date.

We'll be posting HSAT and home CPAP trial instructional videos here for your reference soon.

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.   

Sleep Testing Videos

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

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. .