When it’s time to sleep, you want to feel comfortable and secure. You want your privacy and to be able to adjust your environment to your personal preferences. At Kingwood Medical Center, we kept all that in mind when designing our Sleep Center for Excellence.
During a diagnostic sleep study, sleep medicine specialists take key measurements while you sleep to determine if there are any problems. This includes monitoring your oxygen saturation and carbon dioxide levels, as well as measuring sleep parameters to determine the appropriate amount of oxygen required during sleep.
At our sleep center, sleep testing is comfortable and personalized with a:
- Private room
- Private bathroom
- Personal phone
- Adjustable lighting
- Individual climate control
Plus, our highly trained staff uses state-of-the-art technology and to care for you and administer your test.
How Does Overnight Testing Work?
Not all sleep disorders require an overnight sleep study. Patients referred for testing will spend one night (sometimes more) in a specially designed "home-like" sleeping area. Patches are carefully and painlessly placed on the patient to monitor and record sleep pattern information such as eye movement, heart rate, brain waves, breathing and airflow.
The procedure is called a polysomnogram (PSG). The PSG is painless and allows the patient to sleep normally. A technician is present throughout the night in case the patient needs anything.
How are patients referred to the Sleep Center?
Your primary care physician can refer you to the Sleep Center for a comprehensive consultation. This evaluation determines whether patients are scheduled overnight for further testing. Primary care physicians may also request day or nighttime tests be performed. All tests are performed on an outpatient basis.
Most insurance companies cover sleep disorder testing, but pre-authorization may be required. The Center will verify coverage and applicable fees before scheduling any overnight tests or procedures.
The most common sleep disorders are snoring and sleep apnea – condition that causes breathing to stop for a few seconds several times a night. Other sleep-related problems include:
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Sleep/Wake Rhythm Disorders
Get a Referral
Think you might be in need a sleep study? Talk to your doctor. Physician referrals can be made by calling (281) 348-8281.
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