Dardanelle Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce our renewed partnership with Sleep Management Services (SMS). SMS provides unparalleled expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders and we are glad Dardanelle Regional Medical Center can now offer diagnostic and therapeutic sleep services to the residents of Dardanelle and surrounding areas.
Studies will be performed by a registered polysomnographic technologist and interpreted by a board-certified sleep medicine physician.
Talk to your primary care physician for a referral to our program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be sleeping in a room by myself?
Yes. You do have your own private room that is set - up like a hotel room. There is a bathroom with towels, washcloths, and toiletries. (Bring a toothbrush, favorite pillow (optional) and personal hygiene items as needed). If you have special needs please call the office prior to your study.
What time will I leave in the morning?
Typically, patients leave between 5:00 am - 6:00 am; however if you need to leave earlier than 6:00 am (for work, etc.) we can wake you up as early as 4:30 am. If you need to be somewhere at a certain time, please let us know when you arrive at the center so we can accommodate your request. If you have arranged for a ride, they will need to pick you up by 6:00 am.
Can my husband/wife stay the night with me?
No. Significant others are not allowed to sleep overnight in the patient rooms. Please remember this is a test and any disruption in the room can wake the patient and compromise the accuracy of the test. We will make other arrangements for the patient if a partner must be available on-site for medical reasons.
Will I be hooked up with wires during the sleep study?
Yes, however, this procedure is non-invasive (there are no needles involved) and painless. These wires will monitor your heart rate, limb movements, eye movements, airflow, breathing effort, chin muscle tone, and brain activity while you sleep. This is how the data is collected for the physician to review and interpret your sleep study. The application of the body sensors and electrodes allows you to change positions in your sleep.
Will the sensors hurt?
No. This is a painless and non-invasive testing procedure. Paste is applied to your skin and scalp to keep the electrodes in place, but it is easily removed with soap and water.
Will I be able to sleep?
The biggest concern most people have is whether they will be able to sleep. Surprisingly, most individuals are able to sleep, even with all the wires, the strange environment, and any number of things that could be disruptive. It is exceptionally rare to have someone not be able to sleep at all. If you are concerned that you may not be able to fall asleep, most patients can be given a mild sleep aid to help initiate asleep (if approved/prescribed by your physician prior to your sleep study). Asleep aid will not change the results of your sleep study. Make certain that all medications are approved by your doctor before using them on the night of your sleep study.
Can I sleep without pajamas on?
No. If you do not bring in a two-piece sleepwear you should at least wear a comfortable pair of shorts. (Shirt is optional for males).
What time will the sleep technician wake me up?
After collecting all of the required data (at least 6 hours of recorded sleep time), your sleep tech will wake you up between 5:00 am-5:30 am and will release you to leave the sleep center.
What if I need to get up to go to the bathroom?
If you need to use the bathroom during the night, your sleep technologist will temporarily disconnect you from the sleep monitoring equipment. The bathrooms are only a few steps away from the patient bedrooms.
Can I bring my own pillow and blankets?
Yes. You are more than welcome to bring your own pillow and/or blanket. You can also bring a book to read to help you fall asleep.
Can I take a sleep aid?
If your physician has prescribed a sleep aid for the night of the study or approved a sleep aid for use during testing; Yes - you will need to bring the sleep aid with you. IF YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE A SLEEP AID, YOU MUST WAIT UNTIL YOU ARRIVE TO THE SLEEP LAB BEFORE TAKING IT OR ANY OTHER MEDICATION THAT MAKES YOU DROWSY. DO NOT TAKE ANY MEDICATIONS THAT MAKE YOU DROWSY PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL IF YOU ARE DRIVING YOURSELF TO THE SLEEP LAB FOR YOUR SLEEP STUDY.
Can I sleep with the TV on?
No. Sleeping with a TV on can disturb the sleep study process.
Can I drive myself? Do I need to arrange for someone to drop me off and pick me up?
Either is fine. If you take any medications that could potentially affect your driving, we ask that you arrange for someone to drive you to the sleep center. If you drive yourself - your car can be left overnight. Patient parking is just a few steps from the entrance and is in a well-lit parking lot. If you have arranged for a ride, they will need to pick you up by 6:00 am.