About the service
A pulmonary sleep study is also referred to as a polysomnogram (PSG). It’s simply a test used to diagnose sleep disorders. During this test, some of your bodily functions will be recorded to help staff understand your sleep patterns and how they relate to your breathing.
What to expect
To complete a sleep study, you’ll be asked to spend the night in a sleep laboratory. Sensors will be attached to your body in order to monitor your breathing, vital signs, and other bodily functions.
First visit: For specifics, see our FAQs below. The details of your visit may vary based on your specific symptoms, overall health and care preferences. In general, though, here a brief overview of what you can expect at your pulmonologist appointment.
- Detailed questions regarding your current health and medical history, including smoking habits, previous surgeries, recent vaccinations, major health conditions and family medical history
- A review of basic health characteristics, including height, weight, temperature, blood pressure and oxygen levels
- A physical exam, which may involve checking for signs of low oxygen levels, swelling and reduced blood circulation
- Diagnostic testing in accordance with your symptoms—this may include a spirometry test, chest X-ray, CT scan or exercise oximetry test
It’s also a good idea to bring these items to your pulmonology appointment or send them electronically, if applicable:
- Pulmonary function test results
- Results from X-rays and other imaging tests
- Bloodwork results
- A list of any medications and supplements you are taking, along with the dosage and prescribing physician
In addition, consider making a list of any questions you would like to ask your pulmonologist during your visit.
Second visit: During your second visit, the provider will go over all tests that were ordered during your initial visit and discuss a treatment plan with you.
Ongoing: The details of your ongoing visits will depend on your treatment plan and health condition.
Who you’ll work with
Dr. Ladly Abraham, Pulmonologist
Shelia Forrester, APRN Nurse Practioner
Tony Bailey, Sleep Tech