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Specialized Polysomnographic Procedure

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Specialized Polysomnographic Procedure

Differing from routine polysomnography, a specialized polysomnographic procedure is uniquely tailored to each individual patient to confirm or rule out certain disorders and to test the effectiveness of treatment. At the Sleep Disorders Institute at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY, we perform various sleep study tests, including specialized polysomnography. Call us today at (844)-934-CARE (2273) for details about our sleep studies.

About the Specialized Polysomnographic Procedure

Depending on the patient’s unique concerns, a physician may recommend a specialized polysomnographic procedure. This particular sleep study test may include:

  • Transcutaneous Carbon Dioxide Monitoring – This noninvasive method for measuring carbon dioxide levels during sleep can help diagnose and inform the treatment of a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea or obesity hypoventilation syndrome.
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) Test – Another noninvasive test, the EEG shows the electrical activity of the brain, allowing your physician to confirm or rule out seizure disorders.
  • Application of Mechanical Ventilation – Some sleep-related breathing disorders can be treated using positive-pressure ventilation or negative-pressure ventilation. Whereas positive-pressure ventilation delivers pressure to the airways, negative-pressure ventilation sends pressure to the chest and abdomen. This test determines which treatment method produces the better result.

Other specialized polysomnographic procedures can also be administered at the Sleep Disorders Institute at RUMC.

Preparing for a Specialized Polysomnographic Procedure

Before arriving at the Sleep Disorders Institute, it’s important that you follow these instructions to ensure the best possible experience:

  • Pack a small bag with overnight items, including comfortable pajamas and prescription medication.
  • Wash your hair and skin before arriving at the laboratory, and refrain from applying oil, gel or conditioner to your hair.
  • On the day of your sleep study, do not use alcohol or nonprescription drugs, do not consume caffeinated food or beverages after 12:00 p.m. and do not eat after 7:00 p.m.
  • Arrive at the Institute at your scheduled time to avoid incurring a fee for a late cancellation or missed appointment.

For more information about the specialized polysomnographic procedure and further details on what to expect the day of the test, contact the Sleep Disorders Institute at Richmond University Medical Center.