Our Services:

Clinical or Sleep Consultation

As part of our complete patient care plan, patients referred to Odessa Sleep Associates, are generally seen in consultation with one of our sleep doctors either before or after their sleep study, or both. This way, all of their questions and concerns can be discussed with an expert in the field of sleep medicine. Of course, the referring physician can always opt out of this and request a sleep study only.

Diagnostic Sleep Study or Base Line Study

The overnight sleep study is used to evaluate patients when they are sleeping. This laboratory test is extremely valuable for diagnosing and treating many sleep disorders, including neurologic disorders, movement disorders and breathing disorders at night. Sleep studies (also called polysomnography) are partially covered by most of the Insurance Plans.

Patients come to the laboratory at 8:00 p.m. on the appointed day. There they meet with a sleep technologist, who will explain and perform the study. They are led to their assigned room, where they should complete questionnaires and prepare for sleep (wash face, brush teeth, change into sleep clothes, etc.).

For studying the quality of sleep, electrodes are applied to the scalp, sides of the head and under the chin, chest and leg. This lets us measure brain waves, heart rate, and eye movements. A sensor is placed by the nose and mouth for measurement of airflow. Belts are placed around the rib cage and abdomen for measurement of breathing movements. A clip is placed on a finger for measurement of blood oxygen levels. Other measurements may be done as required. There are no needles and no pain. The electrodes are connected to a box by the bedside for relaying the signals to a control room. In addition, all patients are videotaped while asleep.

In the control room, the technologist monitors the patient's sleep and general condition. Any problems with the study may be easily dealt with. Patients may easily call the technologist if there is a problem as well by simply flicking a switch next to their bed. Patients generally get out from the study around 5:00 to 6:00 in the morning. However, if an earlier wake-up is needed, the patient just needs to let the technologist know.

Once the sleep study is completed, it is scored by a registered technologist and sent to a sleep physician for interpretation. The report is then sent to the physician who ordered the sleep study and appropriate follow-up is arranged. The entire process takes only 1-2 weeks or less.

Sleep studies are generally easy to tolerate, comfortable for patients, and give the sleep physician the information he/she needs to accurately diagnose and treat the sleep disorder.

CPAP/BIPAP Titration Study

For some patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, the effects of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP-BIPAP) are evaluated. Usually these are patients who have had a previous sleep study to diagnose the condition. During the titration study, everything is done as for a diagnostic study. In addition, a mask is fit around the nose or around the nose and mouth. During sleep, we attempt to find a pressure level that holds the airway open and lets the patient get a good night's sleep. This is called a CPAP/BIPAP titration study.

Multiple Sleep Latency Test

Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) is a test to objectively evaluate a person’s level of daytime sleepiness. The MSLT includes the repeated measurement of sleep latency (how quickly someone can fall asleep) across the span of a day. This is done via a series of usually 4 (four), but sometimes 5 (five), “nap tests” performed at regular timed intervals throughout the day.

Split Night Study

Split night study is combination of diagnostic part and treatment part. If sleep apnea is confirmed during two hours of sleep then technician will start treatment part (CPAP). This depends upon sleep lab protocol and order issued by referring sleep specialist.

Maintenance of Wakefulness Test

Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) is a test to objectively evaluate a person’s ability to remain awake during the day in non-active situations. The MWT includes a series of 4 (four) “trials” performed at regular timed intervals throughout the day. During each trial, you will be asked to sit on a chair in a dimly lit room and try to remain awake for 40 minutes.

PAP Therapy Program (CPAP Setup)

Our goal is to make sleep therapy an easy and comfortable experience. Our expertise and dedication to you will enable our caring, competent and professional health care team to help you achieve restful sleep.

The following is a brief overview of several aspects of our sleep therapy program. We believe all of these aspects are equally important in promoting a successful therapeutic outcome and compliance

Client Support: By being there for you throughout the progression of your therapy, we strive to achieve the highest level of success and satisfaction with CPAP. We are committed to providing you post-sales service as long as you are on CPAP. Whether to follow up on the progression of your therapy, to make changes to your machine settings or to answer your questions, we will do everything we can to provide the service you need in a prompt and professional manner.

Expertise and Caring Attitude: Combining sleep therapy expertise with caring and professional staff allows us to deliver the best possible service.

CPAP Equipment/Mask Selection: Our priority is to work with you to determine which equipment best meets your needs. If you are not completely satisfied with the CPAP mask that you purchase, we will exchange it for you within 30 days of purchasing it.

Personalized Therapy: Not all people have the same therapeutic requirements. This is why we feel it is important to personalize a treatment plan that suits YOUR needs. This program includes regular follow up to ensure you receive optimal care. By identifying problem areas early on in your therapy, we can communicate with the sleep lab and your physician to resolve them as quickly as possible. Our newly implemented remote monitoring program allows our therapists to monitor your CPAP therapy from our office and change your machine’s settings without you having to visit our office. Please check out our remote monitoring program.

Education: We believe that education is the most important factor in succeeding with CPAP therapy. At our initial meeting, we will teach you about the proper use and maintenance of your CPAP equipment to ensure that you are fully comfortable with it. We are equally committed to ensuring that you are knowledgeable about your sleep disorder.