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Treatment & Evaluation

How are sleep disorders diagnosed and treated?
  • Diagnosis begins when a patient, bed partner or doctor recognizes signs of a sleep disorder.
  • For some disorders such as insomnia or restless leg syndrome, history, sometimes supplemented by other testing or the maintenance of sleep diaries, reveals the problem.
  • For other disorders such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy, the disorder must be confirmed by a sleep study or polysomnogram. For narcolepsy and occasionally other conditions, this study is followed the next day by a similar test performed during brief naps (multiple sleep latency test).
  • Sleep apnea may be treated by one or a combination of these therapies: surgery, dental appliance, weight loss and/or a breathing device called nasal CPAP.
  • Narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome are treated with medications.
  • Insomnia is treated primarily by behavioral approaches including a relearning of sleep habits.
How do I get an evaluation?
  • Discuss your problem with your doctor who can refer you for a consultation or a sleep study.
  • Or call the center directly for the name of our sleep specialists to make an appointment.
Who will perform my evaluation to see if I have a sleep disorder?
  • The Center for Sleep Medicine's sleep specialists are recognized as experts in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.
What does all this cost?
  • Most insurance companies and managed care plans cover the cost of evaluating, testing, and treating sleep disorders.
  • The center's staff will assist you and your doctor to obtain the necessary pre-authorizations from your health plan.
  • The Center for Sleep Medicine participates with all major insurance companies.
  • Under special circumstances, individual payment plans can be arranged. Don't let cost cause a delay in diagnosis and treatment. Call today for the care you need at 860-210-5240.
What happens next?
  • The sleep study is performed at The Center for Sleep Medicine. This state-of-the-art facility has four patient testing rooms and offers the latest technology in diagnosing sleep disorders in a comfortable, contemporary setting. On the evening of the study the patient arrives at the center between 7 and 10 p.m. Each monitoring room is private and equipped with cable television for comfort and convenience. Once the patient has settled in, the technologist connects the patient to the monitoring equipment via stick-on electrode patches without the use of any needles. The hookup procedure takes approximately one hour. The study is conducted throughout the evening while the patient sleeps. In most cases, the patient is able to leave for his/her normal routine early the next morning.