Sleep Disorder
Clinic of
Washington

4910 Moorland Lane Bethesda, MD, 20814

Scheduling: 301.260.7600 Sleep Lab: 240.395.0793

Preparation for the Treatments

You have been referred to the Sleep Disorder Clinic of Washington for the diagnosis of a possible sleep disorder. The following informa tion will help you prepare for the visit to the sleep laboratory.

SCHEDULE: Plan to arrive on time for your test. Please bring insurance card, picture I.D., and your completed paperwork that you received in the mail. If you find that you are going to be late, please call 240-395-0793 , this is the direct number of the technician on duty. Please note technicians arrive at the clinic between 8:00-8:15PM, so there is no one at the clinic before then.

LOCATION: You will need to report to the Sleep Disorders Clinic, which is located on the 2 nd floor of the Medical Building. After entering through the front door, the stairs can be taken to the second floor, where a technician will meet and escort you to your sleep room. If there are problems please call, Clinic Manager, at . If no response, please call Tecla Lalawng, Practice Manager, at 240-994-0444.

THE SLEEP STUDY: The sleep study or polysomnogram, is a combination of several diagnostics tests all recorded simultaneously during sleep. Brain wave activity or EEG will be recorded by attaching electrodes with adhesive to the scalp. Eye movements and chin muscle will also be monitored in this manner. Depending on your physician’s request, other monitors may be applied to monitor breathing, airflow and oxygen level. The equipment may be minimally uncomfortable, but does not prevent sleep, nor interfere with a meaningful sleep study. Once the study has started, you have the right to discontinue the test for any reason, however please be aware that a shorter test may not be as reliable or as useful for the interpreting physician. The full charge for the study will be submitted for payment. Sleep Clinic of Washington patients cannot stay in the lab and sleep without properly being monitored. Therefore, please make sure that if you decide to discontinue your test during the middle of the night that you have proper arrangements for getting home, as you may not be allowed to drive yourself if you are sleep deprived.

WHAT TO BRING: Please read the guidelines suggested on the following page.

PARKING: Free parking is available behind the Medical building. You may park only in the available parking spaces marked NCW Parking. The technician will provide a parking permit you need to display on your dashboard. Please ask the technician for the parking permit when you arrive.

METRO: Our facility is located only 3 blocks away from Bethesda Metro Station, on the Red Line. If you choose to arrive by metro, please make sure to check the following day’s metro schedule, since you will be discharged between 5-6AM in the morning.

FOLLOW-UP: Results of your test will be sent to your referring physician. Contact the office of your physician and schedule an appointment. All results are confidential and will be shared only with you through your physician.

If you have any questions, please call the Sleep Disorder Clinic of Washington between the hours of 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM at 301-260-7600 and ask for Tecla Lalawng or Diana Nawn.

If you need to cancel your appointment, please provide us with 48 hours notice.

**** Patient canceling/rescheduling their studies with less than 24 hours notice will be charged $ 100.00 for cancellation/rescheduling charge. Technicians are called specifically for your study and we may not be able to accommodate changes to the schedule if insufficient time is provided.

MANDATORY PATIENT INSURANCE INFORMATION
We have enclosed a registration form and a questionnaire that we need for you to complete before we can perform your diagnostic test at the Sleep Disorder Clinic of Washington. Please complete these forms at home and bring them in with you the night of your procedure. If you wait until you arrive to complete these forms, it will delay your testing that evening. These forms must be COMPLETELY filled out.

REMINDER: Bring your **INSURANCE CARD** and a **PHOTO ID** with you so that a copy can be made for your chart.

VERY IMPORTANT:

  • Please confirm with your primary physician that a referral has been sent to this office. This may be required by some insurance carriers, prior to payment for the test. Please check with Your Insurance Provider To See If Pre-Authorization and/or An Insurance Referral Form Is Required. Pre-authorizations and Referrals are NOT the same and some insurance companies require both.
  • Pre-Authorizations and/or Referrals Must Be Received Before The Night of Your Study From Your Primary Care Physician.
  • If We Do Not Receive The Necessary Pre-Authorization and/or Referral, YOUR APPOINTMENT May Be Rescheduled.
  • Our staff will give reminder calls during the week of your appointment

WAYS TO MAKE YOUR STUDY COMFORTABLE:

DON’T:

  • DO NOT nap in the afternoon before your sleep study, if possible.
  • No alcohol or caffeine consumption on the day of the test after 12 noon.
  • Nail polish or acrylic nails are to be removed. If you have nail polish or acrylic nails on when you arrive for your study, the technician will have to remove the nail polish and/or the acrylic nail from one finger. This is necessary for accurate oxygen saturation readings during the study.
  • DO NOT use hair care products on your hair the night of your study. For example, hair spray, hair gels, creams, etc.
  • DO NOT wear make-up or lipstick the night of your study or use heavy creams on your face.


DO:

  • Shower and shampoo your hair the day of your study.
  • Bring: - All your medications. We do not have mediation at the center, nor can we obtain them for you. This includes prescription and non-prescription medication, i.e., Tylenol, Aspirin, etc.
    - Bed Clothes. Bring something comfortable to sleep in, including a bathrobe and slippers.
    - Toiletries. Bring whatever you may need to spend a night away from home, i.e., tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, shampoo, etc.
KEEP IN MIND:
  • This is a medical procedure.
  • Both male and female technicians may monitor you.
  • Patient rooms are assigned according to the type of study.
  • Bathrooms are located within the Sleep lab, adjacent or across from the sleep rooms. 
  • Technicians are not allowed to give out any information about your test results.  Please ask your physician or a sleep center physician if you have any questions about the results of your study.
  • Preliminary results will be faxed to your referring physician within 3 working days.

Have a good night’s sleep and call if you have any questions.