We know that your sleep problems are aggravating and stressful. Rest assured that the Sleep Disorder Center of Panama City
is here to help. As you can see, we've listed some common questions you can use as a quick reference guide. Take a few moments to peruse these questions and answers before your reach out to our staff.
Q: What is a sleep study?
Answer: A sleep study is a simple and painless evaluation of how your body functions during sleep. It is performed by a highly specialized registered sleep technician.
Q: Why is it important to have a sleep study?
Answer: If you have a sleep disorder it is important to be diagnosed and treated. Sleep disorders can contribute to other diseases and conditions such as stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure and depression.
Q: Will I have to miss work to have a sleep study?
Answer: No. Sleep studies are performed every night of the week to ensure you will be able to schedule on the day that best meets your needs. Studies are scheduled between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm and will be finished by 6:00 am.
Q: Will my insurance cover my sleep study?
Answer: Yes. Most insurance providers will cover your sleep study. If you are unsure, you can call your insurance provider and get clarification of coverage. Our office staff do their best to verify all coverage for you prior to setting your appointment, however the best way to get an idea of the cost is for you to call your insurance company directly.
Q: Will I have a private room and TV?
Answer: YES. All of our rooms are private. We do have flat-screen TV that you can watch till you are ready for bed. We do ask that you try to go to bed by 11:00 pm to ensure we have an adequate testing time.
Q: Can I bring things from home?
Answer: Yes. We do provide a comfortable bed and pillows; however we know how important personal items at bedtime can be. Please feel free to bring a pillow, favorite blanket, fuzzy socks and a light snack (no caffeine) with you. Please refrain from bringing valuables. Sorry, no pets or bed partners are allowed.
Q: What if I have to use the restroom during the study?
Answer: It’s as simple as calling out to your technician. Your sleep technician will be available to assist you in getting out of bed and into the restroom without disrupting the testing equipment.
Q: Do I have to sleep on my back?
Answers: No. While we do try to have some time recorded on your back, and your technician will ask you to try to sleep on your back, if pain or discomfort prevents you from sleeping in this position, please let us know.
Q: What do I wear to a sleep study?
Answer: A comfortable two-piece outfit is the best.
Q: Is a sleep study painful?
Answer: No. The process is painless. If something is hurting, please notify your technician. In the morning when the equipment is removed, you may feel a slight sensation similar to removing a band-aid.
Q: Can I drive myself to my study?
Answer: Yes. There is no reason you shouldn’t be able to drive after the sleep study. If you have any concerns about feeling tired, you may prefer to make arrangements ahead of time to have someone pick you up.
Q: How long will it take?
Answer: The visit to the sleep center takes about 10-11 hours. The set-up process for the study takes about 45 minutes. The sleep portion of the study takes 6-8 hours. You will schedule between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm and you will leave at about 6:00 am.
Q: Will I be the only person having a sleep study on the night of my test?
Answer: No. Typically there will be other patients having their studies at the same time.