Sleep Center Services
Meadows Sleep Medicine is an American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Accredited Sleep Disorder Center providing services for patients three years of age and older. We are a department of Meadows Health and provide a wide range of sleep services at three convenient locations. We provide both in-lab as well as in-home testing and are ready to assist you in helping fulfill your sleep diagnostic and treatment needs.
We maintain contact with the patient until all studies are complete from the initial order until the CPAP titration report is sent to the equipment company. It is our intention to assure both the patient and their physician’s office is aware of what is going on through each stage of the process. We are dedicated to handle all referrals and results in a timely manner — within a two-week turnaround time. Our office also handles all insurance precertification. It is our desire to provide a full-service process convenient to both the patient and their physician.
All of our services are performed in accordance with the AASM practice parameters and published guidelines.
- Do you suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness?
- Do you wake your spouse with your disruptive snoring?
- Do you often wake feeling as though you are gasping for air?
- Do you have nightmares/night terrors?
- Do you have chronic morning headaches?
All of these are signs of poor sleep quality which can be due to a number of treatable sleep disorders.
If you think you may be a candidate for a sleep study, take the EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE, it only takes 2-3 minutes and can help you and your doctor determine if a sleep study may benefit you.
What are the effects of UNTREATED Sleep Disorders?
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Failure, irregular heartbeat, and heart attacks
- Worsening ADHD
- Poor work and school performance and under achievement in children and adolescents
- Decreased interest in sex
If you feel a sleep study may be right for you, check out our services and then contact your physician for a referral today!
Our services include:
Polysomnography/Overnight In-Lab Sleep Studies
A polysomnography is an evaluation of how your body functions during sleep. Sensors are placed on your head, face, chest and legs to monitor and record activities of your brain, heart, lungs and certain muscles as you sleep. The recording of these signals is called a polysomnogram (PSG). This information is then utilized by our Sleep Specialist to diagnosis your sleep disorder.
For individuals working the night shift where overnight sleep studies may not be convenient, we offer polysomnography during the daytime. A polysomnography is an evaluation of how your body functions during sleep. Sensors are placed on your head, face, chest and legs to monitor and record activities of your brain, heart, lungs and certain muscles as you sleep. The recording of these signals is called a polysomnogram (PSG). This information is then utilized by our Sleep Specialist to diagnosis your sleep disorder.
In-Home Sleep Studies
You may be a candidate for an in-home sleep study to evaluate your sleep quality. These studies are performed over two nights in the comfort of your own home and provides an evaluation of how your body functions during sleep. You will be provided with a portable device that records and stores activities of your heart and lungs. This test is also a Polysomnogram, but because it is done at home it is not attended by a Sleep Technologist nor does it monitor your brain activity. Certain health conditions can be a contraindication for a Home Sleep Study so this test may not be right for you. Your doctor will determine if this is an appropriate option for you.
If you are diagnosed with sleep disordered breathing, your doctor may recommend a study of titration with a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This is an air pump that gently opens the airway with air pressure, as you sleep, to avoid closure of the airway from tissue in the neck and airway. As this study is performed, air pressure is increased through the night until a pressure is reached in which the sleep events are eliminated and you are able to sleep without incident.
BI-Level PAP Titrations
Your doctor might recommend a study with Bi-Level PAP machine if you have been diagnosed with sleep disordered breathing, especially central sleep apnea. This is also recommended if Titration with the CPAP fails. The BiPAP machine will deliver the same type of air pressure as a CPAP machine; however it has two variations of pressure, one for inhalation and one for exhalation. This is for both comfort and necessity. Bi-Level PAP titrations can include different versions of Bi-Level PAP such as Bi-Level Spontaneous, Bi-Level Spontaneous/Timed (BiPAP S/T), and Auto Servo Ventilation (ASV). We are committed to providing the best possible care to our patients.
Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
If you experience excessive sleepiness during the day, we will administer diagnostic tests to evaluate your sleep condition. The Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) measures how quickly you fall asleep during a daytime nap. By testing several naps throughout the day, we can determine average sleep latency and presence of REM sleep. MSLT is used to diagnose and differentiate narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia. This test always follows an all night Polysomnogram. This is to ensure you had a successful 6-8 hours of sleep the previous night to in order to provide more accurate results.
Pediatric Sleep Testing
A sleep study may be beneficial for children ages 3 and older who have difficulty getting up in the morning, paying attention in class, falling asleep in school, are diagnosed with ADHD disorders, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, are overweight, or have certain genetic or neuromuscular disorders.
This is a basic Polysomnogram for pediatric patients. Our staff will work with your child to create a nonthreatening and comforting environment while monitoring and collecting the same information that is collected on an adult. With a pediatric patient however, CO2 monitoring is also done. During the test, sensors are placed in the same areas as a normal Polysomnography to record and monitor the body's activities while sleeping. This information is then utilized by the Sleep Specialist to diagnosis the pediatric sleep disorder.
If your child suffers from sleep apnea (interrupted breathing during sleep), our sleep medicine team is equipped and experienced in assisting your child with a CPAP machine designed for pediatric patients.
What is a pediatric CPAP?
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, and it is a system that helps keep your airways open to prevent breathing obstruction during sleep. A pediatric CPAP is specially designed to suit a child’s size, lung capacity and airway structure.
When is a pediatric CPAP recommended?
Children who experience sleep apnea (periodic interruptions of breathing during sleep) most commonly undergo surgery to have their tonsils and adenoids removed. For children who continue to experience sleep apnea after this surgery, a CPAP device is often prescribed.
What is the procedure for pediatric CPAP?
Your child will be fitted with a CPAP mask, and the CPAP machine will be preset to the correct pressure for your child’s needs. At night, the child will wear the CPAP mask, which will gently blow air into his or her nose to keep the throat and airways open. Children often need help adjusting to the mask, and your team at Meadows Health will guide you as you help your child make this adjustment.
What are the results of pediatric CPAP?
Once your child adjusts to using the CPAP through the night, the system is nearly 100% effective in relieving sleep apnea. This means that your child will enjoy a better night’s sleep, and negative effects of sleep apnea – tiredness, irritability, learning problems, depression – will subside.
Maintaining Wakefulness Test (MWT)
The Maintaining Wakefulness Test (MWT) measures how long your are able to stay awake in a quiet, dark environment. MWT is typically done when your ability to remain awake or your inability to remain awake constitutes a public or personal safety issue. MWT may be indicated in a person with excessive daytime sleepiness to access response to treatment. During this test a patient is asked to stay awake for as long as they can without falling asleep when put in the perfect environment to facilitate sleep. This test is performed after a an all-night Polysomnogram to ensure you have had a successful 6-8 hours of sleep the previous night.
Sleep Centers Mailing Address
PO BOX 1048
Vidalia GA, 30474