How do I know if I need to be evaluated
at the Sleep Center?
Speaking about your symptoms with your Primary
Care Physician or Internist should be helpful and they
can then refer you to the Sleep Center. Some of
the common symptoms people with sleep disorders describe
are daytime sleepiness, fatigue, snoring, waking up gasping
for air, breathing difficulties while asleep, shortness
of breath at night, insomnia, or nighttime leg restlessness.
Such symptoms may indicate the need to see a sleep specialist.
You can also contact the sleep center to speak with a
physician or nurse practitioner to determine a need for
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can call the sleep center at 512-329-9296
to schedule an initial appointment with a health care
provider. If it is determined you need a sleep study to
make a diagnosis this will be scheduled during the visit.
What is a sleep study?
This is a study that is conducted in the
Sleep Center lab, performed during the night while you
are asleep. You would arrive at the center in the
evening and spend the night in the lab. During this process,
different body functions are measured during sleep, including
brain waves, eye movements, breathing patterns, heart
rate and rhythm, oxygen levels in the blood, and leg movements.
These are recorded with electrodes attached to the body.
The process is painless! Technicians will monitor
your sleep all night and gather data. You will be awakened
around 6:30 am, at which time you may go home. The data
that is gathered is reviewed by the physician in detail
to determine if you have a sleep disorder.
How are sleep disorders treated?
Depending on the diagnosis the management
is different. If you are diagnosed with Sleep
Legs Syndrome, Narcolepsy,
or Insomnia the details of
management will be discussed with you and medications
and/or CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) may
be prescribed. If you have another condition then
the management will be discussed with you in detail.
Will the costs be covered by my insurance?
Once we receive information regarding your
insurance carrier, we will verify your coverage and will
discuss this with you. You may have co-payments for office
visits and/or the sleep study.
We are contacted with Care Credit
and you may be eligible to use their services to cover
out of pocket expenses. More information about Care Credit
may be found at www.carecredit.com.