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Welcome to sleep medicine at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Sleep Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, established in 1999, provides a comprehensive sleep evaluation, which is the first step to achieving a great night’s sleep. We are one of the few hospitals in Maryland that offers pediatric sleep services. Our plush, queen-size recliner beds are in a hotel-like setting to ensure patient comfort for the duration of overnight sleep testing. Our state-of-the-art equipment and knowledgeable staff make up the Sleep Center, which is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
- Nocturnal Polysomnogram (NPSG)
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
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Maria Veronica Bautista, MD
Ajay Behari, MD
Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine & Sleep Medicine
Mark Steven Gosnell, MD
Sleep Medicine, Critical Care Medicine & Pulmonology
Anita Naik, DO
Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine & Pulmonology
Martin Jerome Sheridan, MD
Sleep Medicine & Pulmonology
What to expect
The Sleep Center is open seven nights a week and can accommodate up to six patients each night. Special arrangements can be made for physically impaired patients or those in need of transport by ambulance.
- Before your sleep study, bathe and wash your hair, avoiding conditioners, oils, and makeup. Clean hair and skin help the sensors stay attached.
- Stick to your normal routine. If you usually exercise, drink alcohol, or take medication before bed, ask your doctor whether you should do so the night of your study.
- Bring your toothbrush, sleepwear, pillow, books, magazines, and anything else that helps you sleep comfortably.
- Prior to testing, inform the technician whether a wake-up call is necessary in the morning.
No smoking is permitted in the facility.
Testing in the Sleep Center
Upon arrival, patients are shown to a private bedroom, asked to change into night clothes, and get ready for bed as usual. There may be a waiting period to read, watch television, and relax before the technician sees you. Shortly before bedtime, the technician will apply painless sensors to your face and neck, which will monitor your body responses and breathing patterns throughout the night.
The electrodes will record all heart, lung, and brain activity, muscle movements, nasal and mouth airflow, and the level of oxygen in your blood. In addition, all body movements are videotaped, and snoring, talking, or other noises are recorded during the test. A technician watches the recording on monitors throughout the night to ensure there are no problems with the equipment or the patient.
After your sleep study
After the sleep study results are analyzed and interpreted, your referring physician will contact you about two weeks following the study. The results should give your doctor important information to help make a diagnosis, enabling him/her to recommend a treatment option.