Screening and Diagnosis
At Henry Ford Sleep Disorders and Research Center, we offer patient evaluation at numerous locations as well as advanced diagnostic methods and multi-specialty treatment options. We see patients as young as 5 years old.
If needed, we also offer both in-lab overnight and at-home patient evaluations to monitor your sleep patterns and other body functions such as breathing effort, heart rate and oxygen levels.
Sleep Medicine Appointment
Before you schedule a sleep medicine appointment, check with your insurance company to see if you need a referral from your primary care physician. Once you have a referral, please have your physician fax it to (313) 916-5150. Self-referrals are also accepted. You can call (313) 916-4417 to schedule your appointment.
Once we've received your referral, we'll set up an appointment. You will be asked to fill out a medical history questionnaire; please complete and bring it with you to your appointment. This questionnaire is available in the office, on-line, or it can be mailed to you.
During your initial visit, you will be asked to discuss your general medical and sleep history. You will also have a physical exam, with special attention paid to body systems that may relate to your sleep problem, such as a throat, neck, chest, heart, extremity, and sometimes specific nerve examination.
IF YOU HAVE HAD A SLEEP STUDY IN THE PAST, PLEASE BRING THE RESULS WITH YOU. ALSO, IF YOU ALEADY ARE USING A CPAP MACHINE, PLEASE BRING IT WITH YOU TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.
When determining your sleep issue, our experts will gather your medical and sleep history to get a well-rounded view of the sleep disorder you suffer from and how your symptoms can be reversed. From there, further tests may be required to get a better understanding of your condition. These tests include:
- Laboratory testing: Tests may include a polysomnography (sleep study), breathing, heart function or blood tests.
- In-Lab Sleep Study (Polysomnography): These overnight studies take place during your normal sleeping hours (which may be during the day or night). At the sleep center, you will undergo a polysomnography, which is a painless test that monitors sleep patterns and other body functions. A professional will monitor the recording machine throughout the night to gather the results of the study.
- Home Sleep Test (HST): If your doctor determines you a good candidate, you will perform the sleep test from the comfort of your own bed. The HST device records information about your breathing effort, airflow, heart rate and oxygen levels throughout the night while you sleep.
Post-Sleep Study Appointment
In some cases, after your sleep study you will be asked to come back to the Sleep Disorders and Research Center to discuss your results and treatment options. In other cases, if you have obstructive sleep apnea we may order a CPAP machine for you to start using at home and we will see you back in clinic once you have been using it for 1 to 2 months.
For more information or to schedule a sleep medicine appointment, call (313) 916-4417.