About Sarasota Memorial’s Sleep Disorders Centers
Sarasota Memorial’s Sleep Disorders Centers are highly specialized outpatient facilities equipped to evaluate and treat people suffering from sleep apnea or sleep-related problems.
Established in 1992, Sarasota Memorial’s Sleep Disorders Center – located on the hospital main campus – has consistently been awarded the nation’s highest level of accreditation by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, with five board-certified physicians specializing in sleep disorders medicine.
Their experience in this highly specialized area of medicine, combined with the resources of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System – one of “America’s Best Hospitals” – make the Sleep Disorders Centers a regional referral center for southwest Florida.
How can a sleep center help you?
Our sleep specialists provide testing and treatment for all sleep disturbances, including the following conditions and symptoms:
- Sleep apneas
- Sleep-wake schedule disorders
- Daytime sleepiness
- Nocturnal myoclonus
- Nocturnal asthma/COPD
- REM sleep behavior disorders
- Restless legs syndrome
- Sleep disorders in the elderly
- Sleep disorders in children
After consultation with, and comprehensive evaluation by, a sleep specialist, each patient is diagnosed and appropriate therapy is determined. As part of the consultation and evaluation, a sleep study may be performed during a period of one or two nights. Hospitalization is not required. During a sleep study, the patient is monitored by painless, noninvasive technology.
A sleep test (polysomnogram) simultaneously records heart rate, brain waves, breathing, oxygenation, and eye and leg movement. Treatment for a sleep disorder may include a prescription for a device to aid the patient's breathing while sleeping, medication, or light therapy as well as neuropsychiatric interventions, including biofeedback. If indicated, referral to or consultations with other specialists might be recommended to aid in diagnosis and treatment.
Will insurance cover these services? Most commercial insurance policies that cover outpatient tests, such as an X-ray or EEG, will also cover the cost of an evaluation and overnight sleep study at an accredited sleep center. Medicaid and Medicare may have more restrictive policies on coverage.
For more information, call Sarasota Memorial’s Sleep Disorders Centers at 917-2525.