How Is A Sleep Study Conducted?

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At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA, we conduct different sleep study tests that help determine if a patient has a sleep disorder. Our board-certified physician, Dr. Avi Ishaaya has successfully treated various sleep disorders for more than 20 years. At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers, we are committed to offering you or your loved one the opportunity to live without sleep disturbances, like night terrors, insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, or narcolepsy. Finding out what is causing your sleep disorder during a consultation will allow us to create a custom treatment plan that focuses on improving your health and daily life. If you qualify for a sleep study, a prescription will be given to you at your consultation. We can conduct a consultation both in our office or with a telemedicine health visit.

About our sleep lab

In 2004, Dr. Ishaaya founded the Midway Sleep Lab, a state-of-the-art sleep center in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, CA. This facility offers different sleep studies tailored to the needs of any patient. The lab is fully accredited with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and offers a comfortable place to conduct sleep studies that monitor the brain, heart, and lungs. During a sleep study, we will explain the technology we are using to perform your test and answer any questions you have about the process.

What can a sleep study diagnose?

A sleep study allows us to diagnose many sleep disorders, including:

  • Periodic limb movement disorder

  • Sleep apnea

  • Narcolepsy

  • Restless legs syndrome

  • Sleepwalking

  • Insomnia

  • REM sleep behavior disorder

If we diagnose you with a sleep disorder, we can offer treatments to help remedy your sleep problems and to help restore your health.

Types of sleep studies

At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA, we offer different daytime and overnight sleep studies to evaluate our patients, both at home and in our lab. They include:

  1. Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT): The MWT is a daytime study that evaluates daytime sleepiness, alertness, and how long you can be awake during a designated time period.

  2. Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT): For patients with daytime sleepiness (much like MWT), this test can be performed to see how fast you fall asleep and if and when you enter the REM sleep stage. This is recommended for those who may show symptoms of narcolepsy.

  3. Polysomnogram (PSG): PSG is an overnight sleep study that measures brain waves, heart rhythm and rate, blood oxygen levels, physical movements, breathing, and disruptive behaviors – all of which may disrupt sleep.

  4. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) study: For patients who show signs of sleep apnea and have been diagnosed with the sleep study, Dr. Ishaaya will perform this overnight CPAP sleep study. This will test how well the machine will deliver the singular pressure level to determine the best possible treatment for the patient. Sometimes polysomnogram is used during this study too.

  5. Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) titration study: This is used for patients who may respond better to different pressure strengths than the CPAP machine. This overnight sleep study tests the BiPAP device pressure for different patterns of breathing.

These sleep studies are covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare. Our professional staff can go over all financial obligations with you prior to the start of your test. Depending on your medical conditions, we may recommend an overnight, in-lab test as opposed to an at-home test.

Learn more on how to improve your sleep and health with a sleep study

At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA, we are dedicated to helping our patients resolve their sleep problems. We offer different sleep studies that aim to improve one’s health. We give sleep study results within 48 hours after the sleep study test. This allows us to begin treatment as soon as possible. Board-certified physician Dr. Avi Ishaaya has years of experience working with patients with various sleep disturbances. During your consultation, he will listen to your concerns and determine which sleep study will benefit you best. To learn more about sleep studies and to schedule a sleep study appointment, either in our office or with an online consultation, call our team today.

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