Accredited by American Academy of Sleep Medicine
In order to be accredited, the Sleep Lab has met or exceeded all standards for professional health care as designated by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. These standards include personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance, as well as have stated and include plans to positively affect the quality of medical care in the community it serves.
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Spend a luxurious and highly therapeutic night at Slocum-Dickson’s new state-of-the-art Sleep Lab, located on the upper level of our French Road Annex. This spacious facility offers all the comforts of home, including:
Make your reservation now for an overnight Sleep Study
Sleep is not simply a "lights out" process. Sleep is an active process that involves changes in brain wave activity, breathing, muscle tone, heart rate and rhythm; these changes directly or indirectly affect all of the systems of the body. While our sleep quality is most noticed during our waking day, it is only possible to study sleep while a person is sleeping. Now, due to advanced technology, it is possible to medically study the sleep of an individual.
At the Sleep Lab at Slocum-Dickson, the assessment begins with a formal consultation. Most sleep disorders can be diagnosed during this initial evaluation, and treatment can begin shortly afterward.
There are four (4) main types of sleep disorders:
1. Excessive Daytime Somnolence
This includes the relatively common disorder of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea means a cessation of breathing for ten (10) seconds or more, which can occur repeatedly overnight, and usually accompanies a snoring problem. Other daytime effects of this disorder are hypertension, irritability, weight gain, and memory loss. Sleep apnea is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Narcolepsy can also cause excessive sleepiness during the day, along with sudden muscle weakness when the person is startled, angry, or amused. This disorder usually starts in young adulthood.
Another common cause of sleepiness is leg kicking during sleep, which is called nocturnal myoclonus and tends to occur in elderly people.
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for extended periods
3. Sleep/Wake Schedule Disorder
This disorder can occur from the effects of jet lag, night shift or swing shift work, or circadian ("body time clock") problems.
Includes sleepwalking, sleep talking, night terrors, and bed-wetting.
Electrodes and sensors are painlessly placed on the scalp and skin and connected to a computerized polygraph machine, located in another room, by one of our polysomnography technicians at approximately 9:30 p.m. The sleep recording includes brain waves (EEG), heart monitor, eye and chin movements, breathing effort, blood oxygen saturation, and leg muscle tone. While the electrodes may sound uncomfortable, in a few minutes you will be no more aware of them than you would be of a bandage. You will have a private bedroom with accompanying bathroom, remote control T.V., and reading lamp, which will allow you to feel more comfortable before going to sleep. You may not sleep as well as you do at home, but in nearly all cases, enough of your sleep will be recorded to render a diagnosis of your problem. You are usually awakened between 6 and 7 a.m. and you can then leave.
After your overnight stay at the Sleep Lab, we use a computer to review as many as 2,000 pages of information. We make a diagnosis, and a follow-up office appointment is scheduled to discuss the results and prescribe treatment. Some sleep disorders require medication, while others may require a simple change in daily habits or work schedule. Sometimes a home oxygen or pressure mask device is needed to ensure adequate breathing while you sleep. Some disorders may need to be treated in a few ways simultaneously. In all cases, your doctor will continue working with you to resolve the problem. You will also continue to receive your previous medical care from your personal primary care physician.