WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SLEEP STUDY
If your first sleep study is normal, your referring physician and / or family doctor will receive the results of your sleep study within 2-4 weeks with recommendations that will guide him or her to help you with your sleep. You will have a consultation with one of our doctors to discuss your sleep and the results of the study. This appointment date and time is provided to you at the time of your sleep study. Please make a note of the date and time to ensure you attend this appointment. If you need to change it please contact our office.
If your sleep study shows that you have mild, moderate or moderately severe sleep apnea, or a sleep disorder that is not a breathing disorder, you will have an appointment with one of our sleep doctors who will make recommendations for treatment.
If you have very severe sleep apnea, you will be called by our office after your sleep study. You will be asked to return for a second sleep study with a CPAP machine. All decisions to bring patients back for CPAP studies are made by the sleep doctor who reviews the sleep study data in the morning after your first study. CPAP (Continuous positive airways pressure) is the "gold standard" of treatment for sleep apnea and is a safe and effective treatment for sleep apnea. It is the treatment of choice for severe apnea particularly when oxygen desaturations during sleep are present (low oxygen). We encourage patients with moderately severe or severe sleep apnea to purchase a CPAP machine although a trial of treatment may be undertaken for people who are unsure that they will become accustomed to it. A follow up consultation appointment to see the doctor is made for approx. one month after you start using CPAP to assess the effectiveness of CPAP. Prior to this appointment you will need to visit the home care company to have a report downloaded from your machine which tells us how you are doing on CPAP after you have used the machine consistently for a period of time. We will also assess how you feel on CPAP compared with how you felt before when you have your follow up appointment.
The morning after your CPAP study you will be referred to a home care company of your choice for CPAP set up. A representative of the company you choose will phone you to set up an appointment within one week. If you have not heard from them, call or email our office. The home care technician will help you to find a CPAP mask that is comfortable for you and a machine that meeets your needs. At this time you are not under any obligation to purchase a CPAP machine. Please review the list of recommended CPAP companies in your area before you attend your CPAP study, these can be found under the tab CPAP Information: Suppliers. Information on funding of CPAP by the Ministry of Health and Long Term care can be obtained here. ADP FUNDING: MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND LONG TERM CARE You will see the doctor or physician's assistant within 8-10 weeks for a follow up after your CPAP study to assess your response to CPAP. Before you attend this appointment, please visit the home care company to obtain compliance data. This data is printed off your CPAP machine and allows the doctor or physician's assistant to see how you are using your machine.
If you have any other identifiable sleep disorder other than apnea you will be given an appointment within 4-6 weeks for a consultation with a doctor.