Pulmonary Services & Sleep Center

Pulmonary Function Test

The Pulmonary & Sleep Center staff offer a full range of services to assist the breathing impaired, and to help diagnose and treat sleep related disorders. Diagnostic tests for those with breathing problems include pulmonary function and exercise tests for adults and children that are interpreted by a board certified Pulmonologist and shared with your health care provider for further treatment and follow-up options. A doctor's order is required for all testing procedures.


Sleep Studies

Sleep Lab Technician

What is a Sleep Study?

  • A sleep study (also called a polysomnogram)is a procedure where different body signals are recorded during sleep to diagnose and treat various sleep disorders. This includes brain waves, eye movements, breathing patterns, oxygen levels, heart rate, rhythm and limb movements.
  • These studies are performed in a monitored sleep room (similar to a nice hotel room or bedroom) and attended by a trained technologist.
  • The York Hospital Sleep Center offers private and attractively designed rooms.
  • There is a centralized control room with a technologist in attendance to gather the data and provide you with the services needed for the night.



  

Accredited by the
American Academy of Sleep Medicine

York Hospital provides a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of problems with sleeping, staying awake or troublesome behavior during sleep. With the help of our highly trained technologists and board certified sleep physician, the center has been accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.



Sleep Disorders We Treat

There are several sleep disorders recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

York Hospital's Sleep Center functions as a diagnostic resource and short-term treatment facility for the following problems (just to name a few):

  • Narcolepsy - when a person falls asleep suddenly many times a day.
  • Insomnia - when a person has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep night after night.
  • Sleep apnea syndrome - when a person stops breathing and then starts again many times a night.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) – when a person loses sleep because of a restless feeling in the legs.
  • Nighttime (nocturnal) seizure disorders.
  • Shift work sleep disorder.

 

Contact your physician today to request a referral if you feel you or your partner may have a sleep issue.

 

What to Expect During a Sleep Study

Proper diagnosis of a sleep disorder is the first step towards the development of a physician directed medical treatment plan which can improve and restore a patient’s quality of life. Based on your individual health needs, your physician may order a Sleep Study at York Hospital.

 

Sleep Studies at York Hospital

  • You will be scheduled to arrive to the York Hospital Sleep Center by appointment at 6:30pm or 8:30pm
  • Please enter the hospital through the York Hospital main entrance and the concierge will notify us that you have arrived.
  • You will be greeted by one of our sleep technologists who will introduce you to your room and allow you to make yourself at home in your bedroom

  • For about 2 hours, the technologist will work with you to collect information, and then connect sensors, which are gently applied on your skin (head, chest, abdomen, and legs). This process is completely painless. The wires are long enough to allow you to move around in bed

 

 

  • The technologist may also provide a demonstration of the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) equipment that may be used during your study

 

  • You will experience a quiet comfortable room with TV, Wi-Fi, and private bath. You are free to relax until your normal bedtime, or until 10:30pm, to allow for adequate time for the sleep study
  • Once the test starts, please be aware that video monitoring is performed as part of the test procedure.
  • Telephones and other electronics:
  • After 10:00 pm, you will be asked to turn off all cell phones, pagers, and electronic devices for the duration of the study, until approximately 6am
  • Any emergent calls during your study can be placed directly to the York Hospital Sleep Center technologist workstation at 207-351-3540
  • You can use the restroom during the night with the help of the technologist to temporarily disconnect your wires.
  • In the morning, between 5-5:30am, the sensors will be removed.Plan to be discharged at 6am.
  • You will have the opportunity to take a shower if desired for your comfort
  • Coffee and a morning snack will be available
  • Please speak with the York Hospital Sleep Center before your appointment if you would like to discuss your unique sleeping needs.

 

 

What’s Next?

  • Based on the preliminary results of your sleep study, you may be recommended for additional testing or be referred for treatment set-up
  • An interpretation of your sleep study will be performed by a board certified sleep physician, then provided to your referring physician
  • The results from your sleep study are available from your referring physician within approximately 14 days

Most insurance plans will cover sleep studies and treatment. Check with your insurance plan for details.

 

Can I Have a Sleep Study at Home?

  • Yes, based on physician referral
  •  During the home study, oxygen levels, heart rate, air flow and chest movement are measured
  • You will be scheduled to arrive to the York Hospital sleep center, by appointment.

  • Your appointment will take up to an hour, where you will receive education on use of the device
  • After 1-2 nights of use at home the unit is returned to the office

  • An interpretation of your sleep study will be performed by a board certified sleep physician, then provided to your referring physician
  • The results from your sleep study are available from your referring physician within approximately 14 days

 

Most insurance plans will cover sleep studies and treatment. Check with your insurance plan for details.


Now offering sleep studies in the comfort of your own home!  Click this link for details. 

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York Hospital Pulmonary Services & Sleep Center
15 Hospital Drive, York, Maine 03909
Phone: (207) 351-2424

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