Information about Sleep Medicine
Helping patients get a good night’s rest
Are you waking up groggy every morning, even if the clock says you slept for eight hours? Are you frequently tired during the day? It could be that you’re not getting the right kind of sleep at night.
Our sleep medicine physicians diagnose and treat a range of sleep disorders in adults and children four years and older. These conditions include excessive snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders, and many more. Our doctors coordinate their care with other specialties, including neurology, pulmonology, internal medicine, and mental health, so you can be confident we’re treating the whole person.
As a full-service American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) accredited facility, you can rely on us for everything from physician consultations to high-quality, overnight-attended sleep studies.
We work with patients that suffer from the following:
- Circadian rhythm disorders
- REM sleep behavior disorder
- Restless legs syndrome
- Sleep apnea
- Periodic limb movement
What will happen during my first visit?
During your first appointment, we will discuss and obtain your complete medical history, perform a physical exam, and review your signs and symptoms in order to determine which study is right for you. Our goal is to help resolve your sleep-related issues so you can give your body the rest it needs.
Where do you perform your sleep testing?
Sleep testing occurs in a comfortable, quiet, non-clinical setting with full-size beds and home-style furnishings. Some of the tests we perform at the clinic include: Diagnostic Polysomnography (PSG), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Titration, Multiple Sleep Latency (MSLT), and Split Night.
We also perform at-home sleep studies, including: Home Sleep Test (HST) and Auto PAP (auto-titrating CPAP).
Do I need a referral from my doctor before I complete a sleep study?
If you think you need a sleep study or are interested in meeting with a Sleep Medicine Department physician, please ask your primary care doctor for a referral. Our department will reach out to you with next steps after we hear from your doctor.
How long does the entire process usually take?
After your first appointment, we generally arrange a lab or home study within the next one to three weeks. Following your diagnostic study, we will make an appointment so you can see one of our sleep medicine doctors to review the study in detail and to discuss options for treatment. Effective follow-up is our most important work, and leads to better outcomes.
What if I need a CPAP machine?
Finding the right equipment and keeping it clean and in great working order is essential to your health. Vancouver Clinic makes it easy to access the equipment you need. We sell CPAP machines, parts, and supplies, and provide low-cost cleaning, repairs, and maintenance.
Philips has issued a voluntary recall for certain Sleep & Respiratory products due to potential health risks related to the sound abatement foam used in some CPAP, BiLevel PAP devices and Mechanical Ventilators. Philips is creating a registration process to allow patients to look up the serial number of their device and begin a claim. They have established a toll-free number for those with questions: 877-907-7508.
We are here to support our sleep medicine patients. Those with questions or concerns are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their sleep medicine provider. Video visits are highly encouraged for this type of appointment. Vancouver Clinic will provide updated information to those impacted as the manufacturer releases more details.