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Outpatient Visits

Patients who are referred to a Penn Sleep Center physician undergo a comprehensive evaluation. During the initial visit, complete medical and sleep histories are obtained, and a medical examination is performed. After an evaluation by one of the Sleep Center physicians, you may be referred for an overnight sleep study and, in some cases, a series of nap studies during the daytime.

These studies involve the use of sophisticated diagnostic equipment to non-invasively monitor brain, heart, respiratory and muscle activity during sleep.

After testing has been completed, you will return to your sleep physician to review the results and develop a treatment plan. Depending on the diagnosis, this may include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for breathing disorders, medication, behavioral modification, or consultation with another medical specialist, such as an ear, nose and throat (ENT) physician.

A sleep physician will also monitor patients who do not require overnight studies to ensure that their treatment program is effective. For patients who are candidates, clinical trials, which explore new treatments for common sleep disorders, are also available.

 

 

 

 

 


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