Sleep Physician Consultation
Why A Sleep Specialist?
Sleep Medicine is a highly specialized field within the medical community. At Georgetown Sleep Center, our patients will meet with one of our board certified sleep physicians who will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine how we can best meet our patient’s needs.
Training in sleep medicine encourages a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis. Your physician at Georgetown Sleep Center has demonstrated expertise in the diagnosis and management of clinical conditions that occur during sleep, that disturb sleep, or that are affected by disturbances in the wake-sleep cycle. This specialist is skilled in the analysis and interpretation of comprehensive polysomnography, and well-versed in emerging research and management of a sleep laboratory.
What Happens After Your Sleep Study?
Once your sleep study is performed, the physician will interpret your study usually within 24 hours. Your doctor will complete a detailed report of the study with recommendations for treatment, send the sleep study report to your physician, and you will be notified within 5-7 business days.
The findings of your sleep study will be reviewed with you at your follow up visit with the doctor. The doctor will show you aspects of your sleep study to include audio, video, stages of sleep and any abnormalities that occurred during the study. Your doctor will continue to meet with you as needed, to insure that your sleep disorder is resolved.
Competence in sleep medicine requires an understanding of a plethora of very diverse disorders, many of which present with similar symptoms such as excessive daytime sleepiness, which is almost inevitably caused by an identifiable and treatable sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, idiopathic central nervous system (CNS) hypersomnia, periodic limb movement disorder, menstrual-related hypersomnia, idiopathic recurrent stupor, or circadian rhythm disturbances.
Another common complaint is insomnia, a set of symptoms that can have many causes, physical and mental. Management in the varying situations differs greatly and cannot be undertaken without a correct diagnosis.