Sleep Study Process

We would like to thank you for choosing the FLORIDA SLEEP DISORDER CENTER and for allowing us to treat you for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. We are a fully accredited Sleep Center.

Step 1:

First, we will set up a series of appointments. As you proceed through the treatment protocols, any appointment that is not required will be cancelled.

Your initial sleep study is a diagnostic sleep study. Various leads will be connected to your body to monitor brain, heart, lung, and muscle functions.

Step 2:

Your physician will review the results of your first night study. If he diagnoses a sleep disorder such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, he will want you to have a treatment sleep study to determine the best course of action for your particular sleep disorder. The treatment sleep study is similar to the first one, with one important difference. We will start you on CPAP therapy. CPAP therapy is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy. This time, while you are asleep, the technician will gently adjust the level of air pressure you are receiving. The technician adjusts the pressure upward until a level is reached to significantly reduce or eliminate your sleep interruption. Once we know your "optimal" pressure, your doctor may order the equipment and establish the optimal pressure setting for you to use at home.

Step 3:

You will then follow up with the physician a couple of weeks after you start using your machine to evaluate your tolerance of the therapy and answer any questions you may have. Your next appointment will be in about 3 months, when you will once again meet with the physician and he can monitor your compliance with therapy and answer any remaining concerns you may have.

As you continue with your CPAP or BiPAP therapy, your physician will follow up with you again at the 6 month and 1 year points. Continued communication is important to monitor your progress, enhance your care and solve any problems which may develop. Long term compliance with your prescribed therapy is very important to us and your long term health.