Samaritan Sleep Center
Located in the Samaritan Professional Park
Second Floor, Ashland Medical Center
2212 Mifflin Avenue
Ashland, Ohio 44805
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We have a beautiful, comfortable sleep center with four private patient bedrooms, in a quiet, convenient location. The bedrooms are similar to hotel rooms, with private bathrooms, full size beds, and wall mounted flat screen TVs. Under the direction of Laurie Mooney, M.D., a board-certified specialist in Sleep Medicine, the Samaritan Sleep Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). All major insurances are accepted and we operate seven nights a week, scheduling your sleep study at your convenience.
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study is an overnight study of your sleep. You spend the night in a private bedroom at the sleep center, with monitoring equipment attached, to determine if there are any problems during your sleep. It is also called a polysomnogram, or PSG. Generally, you will be instructed to come in for your test between 8-9 p.m., and will leave in the morning around 6-7a.m.
What does the test involve?
A trained sleep technician will meet you at the sleep center, help you complete your paperwork, and attach the monitoring equipment. It is a painless test that does not involve any pins or needles. Monitoring wires are applied by odorless, soluble paste, tape and belts. Once you are hooked up, you may read or watch TV in bed until you are sleepy, according to your usual routine. The technicians will stay in a separate control room to watch a computer monitor recording your sleep information.
Does my insurance cover a sleep study?
Most insurance allow up to 2 sleep studies or more per year. Before you come in for your test, we will contact your insurance company to make sure they will cover the test. You may have co-pay depending on the level of your insurance coverage.
What if I work at night and sleep during the day?
If you normally sleep during the day, we can make arrangements for you to have your sleep study done during the day when you normally sleep.
What do I do to prepare for the test?
You will get an instructions packet in the mail and also verbal instructions when your sleep study is scheduled. It will tell you when and where to arrive, what to wear, driving directions, etc. Generally you should follow your usual routine in terms of your sleep. Take the same medications as you usually do, unless instructed otherwise. We ask that you do not nap the day of your test, because this can make it harder to sleep during the test.
What if I can’t sleep?
If you cannot sleep long enough to make a sleep diagnosis, which is usually about 2 hours of actual sleep time, then you will not be charged for the test and it can be re-scheduled. If this happens, we usually recommend that you obtain a sleeping aide from your doctor to bring with you the next time.
What if I have to go to the bathroom?
Many people have to use the bathroom during the night. If that occurs, the monitoring equipment can be unplugged and taken with you into the bathroom. The technician will assist you. You simply ask for assistance.
Will I have to wear a mask?
One of the treatments for sleep apnea (pauses in breathing during sleep) is wearing a mask during sleep called CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure. If you are found to have severe sleep apnea during your test, a comfortable CPAP mask will be placed on you in the second half of the night, time permitting. The technician will gradually increase the pressure to find how much pressure is needed to control the sleep apnea and snoring, and the oxygen level. Often, second night test is needed to accomplish this pressure adjustment, or titration. It is called a CPAP Titration sleep study.
Can someone stay with me?
A family member may stay if needed. There are recliner chairs in all the bedrooms. However, if the family member snores or otherwise disrupts the sleep of the person being tested, this can sometimes cause problems with the testing. Family members are not allowed to share the same sleep center bed.
What if I can’t sleep laying down?
Some people have to sleep more upright such as in a recliner or hospital bed. In this case, you can sleep in the recliner and be tested just the same.
Can I smoke during the test?
Smoking is not allowed in the building or on the grounds. We discourage people from leaving the building with the monitoring equipment on, and you must sign a release of responsibility form to do so.
Can I have a tour of the sleep center before my test?
We offer open hours on Mondays from 10am to 1pm, when you can come tour the facility before your test, or if you are considering having a test.
How can I get a sleep study?
You need a doctor’s order for a sleep study. You may get this from your doctor or you can see Dr. Mooney. Dr. Mooney sees patients at the outpatient clinic at Samaritan Hospital. Her scheduling office is 419-207-2501.
How do I know if I need a sleep study?
Sometimes it is hard to know if you are having a sleep problem, unless someone else tells you what you are doing during your sleep. This may include snoring loudly, stopping breathing, jerking legs, sleepwalking, etc. If you are not aware of doing these things, you may just feel tired and sleepy during the day, fall asleep inappropriately, wake up tired or with headaches, have difficulty concentrating or memory problems. Another symptom may be insomnia, or difficulty falling asleep or frequently waking up. There are many known associations with sleep disorders and other health problems such as diabetes, weight gain, heart arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation), hypertension, heart failure, depression, erectile dysfunction, urinating at night, low oxygen levels, swelling of the legs. If you are having any of these problems, there could be a sleep disorder causing or contributing to it.
What happens after the test?
After the test, your results will be interpreted by Dr. Mooney. She will send the report to your doctor and a results letter to you, usually within a week. If you need a second night sleep study for CPAP, the scheduling office will call you to make those arrangments. You will make a follow up appointment with the doctor who ordered your test, or with Dr. Mooney, depending on your preference and your doctor’s preference.