Preparing for your Study

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Preparing for your Study

Preparing for your study

One week prior to the scheduled date of the test, we will mail the patient a patient pamphlet with information about preparation for your test, a sleep history questionnaire and a pamphlet about what to expect during their stay at the sleep disorders center.

If your sleep study is normal; we'll send a report to the referring physician with the findings of the study, and the sleep physician's interpretation of the polysomnogram.

If your sleep study is positive for sleep apnea, we'll send a report to the referring physician with the findings of the study, and the sleep physician's interpretation of the polysomnogram as well as a recommendation for further testing.

Results of your CPAP titration testing; we'll send a report to the referring physician with the findings of the study, and the sleep physician's interpretation of the polysomnogram as well as a recommendation for the appropriate CPAP Treatment.

Causes of sleep apnea

When you sleep, all of your body's muscles relax more than in waking hours. In some people this relaxation lets the airway in the back of the throat become too narrow, this interferes with breathing. Sleep then becomes a time of increased health risk. A smaller than normal jaw, overbite, large tongue, enlarged tonsils or tissue that blocks the airway are contributors to sleep apnea. Alcohol, sleeping pills and tranquilizers that are taken at bedtime can reduce muscle tone and contribute to the collapse of the throat. Obesity, intrinsic hypertension, a short thick neck, are all contributing factors to sleep apnea.

For More Information about Sleep Disorders, contact the American Academy of Sleep Medicine or visit their website:www.aasmnet.org

The Sleep Disorders Center
Virginia Baptist Hospital
3300 Rivermont Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24503
434.200.4628

Forest Sleep Disorders Center
1084 Thomas Jefferson Road
Forest, VA 24551

Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Diagnostic Testing: Sunday - Friday 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Daytime diagnostic testing Monday - Friday, as needed.