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Laughlin Sleep Center LMH Services

Laughlin Sleep Center

Sleep CenterLaughlin Sleep Center provides a variety of diagnostic tests to identify sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, insomnia, and other sleep problems. Our highly trained staff of Registered Sleep Technologists and Board Certified Sleep Physicians reviews your study and provides your physician with a plan of care based on your individual needs.

If your are diagnosed with a sleep disorder the Sleep Center staff provides follow-up care to ensure you have received the appropriate treatment and to answer any questions you might have.

Because Laughlin Sleep Center has the distinction of being accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine you can be assured of the receiving the highest quality of care. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is the national accrediting body for sleep medicine and its members, like Laughlin Sleep Center, meet or exceed national standards for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.

Laughlin Sleep Center is hospital-based but strives to provide a home like environment. Our bedrooms have Sleep Number beds by Select Comfort which allow each patient to select their preferred firmness. Our Center also offers a specially designed room which allows parents or caregivers to stay with their children or other family members who require special assistance. One room is equipped with an adjustable bed for patients who normally sleep in a reclined position. For your parking convenience the Sleep Center has a dedicated parking area and a private, curb-side entrance.

Services

  • MSLT
  • MWT
  • Daytime Polysomnography for shift workers
  • Overnight Polysomnography/li>
  • CPAP/BiPAP Titration including set up and follow up
  • New Bilevel with backup rate (VPAP Adapt) to treat complex sleep apnea
  • Sleep Consultations
  • Referrals to Specialists including ENT, Neurology, Pulmonology, Dentistry, weight management and education.
  • A.W.A.K.E.

The Sleep Center at Laughlin Memorial Hospital has organized a support program for people with obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. A.W.A.K.E. at LMH is registered and promoted nationally by the American Sleep Apnea Association.

The purpose of the program is to provide educational and emotional support to people with sleep disorders. There will be special speakers from the medical community covering a variety of health topics related to sleep disorders, as well as, representatives from local equipment rental companies who will answer all your questions about maintaining and cleaning your CPAP and portable oxygen systems. In addition, the meetings provide an excellent opportunity for participants to help one another through the sharing of common problems and their solutions. You are encouraged to bring family members who are affected by your sleep disorder or friends who suspect they may have a sleep disorder.

Instructions
Please arrive for your sleep study at 8:00pm. The Sleep Center is located between the Main Entrance and the Radiation Oncology/Physical Therapy Entrance. Parking is available in the Radiation Oncology/Physical Therapy parking area.

Please bring the following items with you:

Insurance Card
Written physician’s order
Your completed sleep questionnaire
Your home medications
Sleep wear of some type
Comfort items (your own pillow, book, antacids, etc.)

Your body and hair should be clean and free of oil, lotion, mousse, or hair spray.

Caregivers. If you require a caregiver they will be expected to stay with you during the test. A special caregiver room is provided to make their stay as comfortable as possible, but, you must notify our staff ahead of time to reserve the room.

Pediatrics. Children less than 18 years of age must have a parent with them at all times. The caregiver room is available to parents with advance notice.

If your have special needs (such as a hospital bed, oxygen, caregiver room, etc.) please call 787-5115 in advance to be assured we will be able to accommodate them.

DO NOT drink beverages that contain alcohol or caffeine after lunch on the day of your study.

About Your Test
Upon arrival you will begin a brief admissions process to verify your demographic information and give us permission to perform your test and any potential treatment intervention. Most patients are pre-admitted when the test is scheduled and the admission process is simply verification that the information is correct.

After the admissions process, you will be placed in a private bedroom where you will spend the remainder of the night. Before testing begins you will be shown a short video that explains sleep apnea and its treatment options. There may be some free time between check-in and test hook-up, so please feel free to use your in-room television.

To begin testing the technologist will attach a series of electrodes and belts to your head, face, chest, and legs. These electrodes are essential to the test and collect electrical activity from the brain, heart, and muscles. A special device is place near your nose and mouth to detect air flow during the night. These electrodes produce a sensation of something being on the skin but there is no pain associated with the test. And while this sounds uncomfortable, most patients adapt to the sensations on the skin very quickly and few patients have trouble sleeping.

To ensure you have adequate time to sleep, we strive to have “lights out” at 10:00pm. Once the test has begun, the technologist will be collecting and reviewing your data, as well as, monitoring your heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen level in your blood.

The technologist may wake you after several hours and ask you to wear a CPAP mask for the remainder of the night. This means you are positive for sleep apnea and there is sufficient time to provide treatment before the test ends. In other instances, you may have to return a second night for treatment because of time constraints. Patients typically are finished with their test and ready to leave around 6:00am.

About Your Treatment
If you’re one of the millions of Americans diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea you have a few options available. These options include surgery, dental devices and CPAP. By far, the most effective treatment and least invasive is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure).

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when soft tissue in the throat and neck collapse when you sleep. Your neck and throat muscles hold these tissues in place while you’re awake, but relax when you sleep – allowing the soft tissue to collapse and obstruct your airway.

CPAP provides a continuous positive pressure inside your upper airway that prevents the soft tissue from collapsing into the airway. During the therapeutic portion of your exam, the technologist will adjust the pressure to the level that alleviates your sleep apnea.

After your test is completed, the data must be reviewed and analyzed by a technologist and interpreted by one of our sleep physicians. It may take several days for your physician to receive the final report and for your treatment to begin. Once treatment is prescribed, the Sleep Center or your physician will contact a DME (Durable Medical Equipment) dealer to have your CPAP delivered.