Whether your primary care provider has referred you to MultiCare’s Sleep Medicine Program or you have contacted us directly for an appointment, we will collaborate with you to get to the bottom of your sleep troubles.
During your initial consultation, you’ll have an in-depth discussion with one of our sleep medicine specialists about your symptoms and how they are affecting your life. The specialist will also take a detailed health history and perform a physical exam. Together, you will decide what steps to take to form a diagnosis and treatment plan. Appointments typically range from 30 minutes to one hour in length.
If possible, we recommend that your bed partner accompany you on your initial consultation. You may not be fully aware of behaviors, such as loud snoring or gasping, that are interfering with your ability to sleep well. Your bed partner may be able to provide valuable information about the quality of your rest.
At the end of the consultation, the specialist may recommend an evaluation known as a sleep study, which analyzes sleep patterns and monitors bodily activity as you rest. After the study, your specialist will schedule a follow-up appointment with you to review the results and discuss treatment options.