To accurately test for and diagnose a sleep disorder, you might be referred to Olathe Medical Center's Sleep Disorders Center for an in-lab or in-home sleep study.
For an in-lab sleep study, the patient comes to the Sleep Disorders Center at Olathe Medical Center for an overnight study (polysomnogram). A polysomnogram is a recording that contains several types of measurements used to identify different sleep stages and classify various sleep problems. To conduct the test, a registered sleep technologist will apply electrodes to monitor activities that occur during sleep like brain waves, muscle movements, eye movements, breathing efforts, snoring, heart rate and limb movements. The data is scored by the sleep technologist and then interpreted by a board-certified sleep specialist.
The polysomnogram can test for and diagnose a whole range of sleep disorders including: breathing disorders, periodic limb movement disorders (PLMD), circadian rhythm disorders, hypersomnia, insomnia, and many more.
The Sleep Disorders Center offers flexible scheduling (day or night) to meet your needs, with hotel-style rooms including private restrooms, queen-sized beds and flat-screen televisions to make your stay comfortable.
For an in-home sleep study, the test takes place in the patient's home. Prior to the test, the patient receives training from a sleep technician at Olathe Medical Center on how to use the equipment. (View video instructions.) When ready to sleep, the patient turns on the device and falls asleep as normal. After the test, the device is returned to the technician for analysis.
An in-home sleep study is recommended if the patient is thought to be suffering from moderate to severe sleep apnea and has no other significant medical issues. Home sleep studies are not recommended for patients who may have other sleep disorders like narcolepsy, insomnia or periodic limb movement disorder, or those who have certain medical conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and neuromuscular disease.
Both in-lab and in-home sleep studies are conducted by sleep technicians and interpreted by sleep physicians.
For more information about sleep disorders, contact the Olathe Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center at 913-791-4282.
For a referral to the Sleep Disorders Center, please contact your primary care doctor, or make an appointment with Consultants in Pulmonary Medicine at 913-829-0446.