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SLEEP DISORDER ASSOCIATES

 

Lancaster

Sleep Disorder Associates is owned by Dr. Neil Kline, DO., with Sleep Centers located in Lancaster.  Sleep Disorder Associates of Lancaster is a community health outreach program aimed at improving sleep health in Lancaster, Dauphin, York and surrounding counties.  The Lancaster Sleep Disorder project, sponsored by Sleep Disorder Associates, provides a unique approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with sleep disorders.  This is a joint collaboration between primary care physicians, dentists, sleep medicine specialists, registered sleep technologists and other health professionals.

Dr. Kline graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann University Hospital. He was a resident at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.  He went on to complete a fellowship in Sleep Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology in Philadelphia.  Additional training in sleep medicine was at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, in the Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Pulmonary Clinic.  Dr. Kline successfully passed the examinations of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (2001), the American Board of Internal Medicine (2004) and the American Board of Sleep Medicine (2005).  Dr. Kline’s academic activities include the education of medical students and residents at the University of Pennsylvania. In previous years, he made case presentations. 

Dr. Kline has a special interest in Sleep disordered breathing and upper airway pathophysiology. He has participated in research at the University of Pennsylvania and the Scripps Clinic and Research Center in La Jolla, California and published several papers on the topic.  He has been Medical Director of Sleep Disorder Associates since 2005. Sleep studies are conducted with the most modern, technologically advanced digital equipment available.  Each bedroom was professionally designed and decorated to resemble upscale hotel rooms.  Each room has its own bathroom and climate control to maximize your comfort.  Our Lancaster location is the only non-hospital based sleep center in the area that is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 
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Lancaster Sleep Lab Location

Lancaster
Lancaster

Respitech Sleep Lab
250 Ranck Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17602

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What our patients say about us.

  • Very pleasant facility and nice attendant. - 11/04/16
  • Excellent treatment. - 11/10/16
  • Staff was very kind and helpful. -10/6/15
  • The help and the room were excellent. - 10/28/16
  • Thank you for your help. Your technician was informative, knowledgeable and fun. - 9/15/16
  • Staff was very helpful and courteous on the phone. Clinician was very thorough when picking up home test equipment.- 8/4/16
  • The technician was very nice. She was friendly and welcoming; made sure I was comfortable and relaxed.
    She made the experience much less stressful - 8/5/2016
  • Professional staff. No lenghty wait and wold recommend to others. - 8/30/16
  • Better than expected procedure. Aswesom facility and staff. - 7/15/2016
  • Technician did a lovely job. She was very attentive in terms of explaining the process we were going through thoroughly. - 5/19/2016
  • The entire experience was good. I was surprised of the quality of the mattress. Very good to sleep on.
    The room was extremely clean including the bathroom. - 4/2/16
  • Exceeded my expectations. - 1/7/16
  • I don't like sleeping away from home but this is my second visit here and I have felt very comfortable both times. - 9/13/15
  • Your staff was very professional. Your facility was impressive. I was pleasantly surprised. - 7/2/15
  • Was more than expected. Very professional and would recommend to everyone to come here. - 5/5/15
  • The service here was outstanding. - 5/30/15
  • Very nice staff and was beyone expectation - 3/11/15
  • Was a nice experience and done professionally. - 2/27/2015
  • The technician was very kind anad made me feel welcome and cared for. - 2-12-2015

After every sleep study, the patient is asked to fill out a survey card to help us with our Quality Assurance Program.  The following are actual comments left by patients - names have been removed to protect patient confidentiality.

 

These are only a few of the overwhelmingly positive patient responses that our technicians and facilities have earned.  Come by to experience the difference for yourself!

 

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What to Expect

Many patients do not know what to expect when visiting our lab for the first time.  The following information is provided to help you know what to expect when visiting any of our labs.

For a typical study, you will be spending the night in our lab.  You will want to arrive around 9:00 pm so that we can get you prepared for the study.  After the appointment is scheduled, the patient will receive a Sleep Questionaire in the mail.  Please bring the completed form to your appointment to provide to your sleep technician.

When you arrive, you will meet your technician.  Each technician will monitor up to two patients at a time.  You will then be shown to your room so that you can settle in.  When it is your turn to be prepped for study, your technician will apply the following sensors:

  • EEG/EOG leads to monitor brain and eye activity
  • EMG leads to monitor muscle activity in the chin and legs
  • EKG leads to monitor heart rate
  • 2 effort sensing belts, one around the chest, one around the belly
  • SpO2 sensor - a light based sensor to measure oxygen in the blood
  • Oral/Nasal flow sensors to detect the movement of air

Many people are concerned about being able to sleep with these sensors attached, but in our experience, most people are able to adjust to the equipment with surprising ease and are soon sleeping soundly.

After the sensors have been applied, your technician will take you back to your room and connect you to the sleep monitoring equipment.  The technician will then turn out the lights and go back to the control station.  The technician will then ask you via intercom to perform several maneuvers (look up using only your eyes, look down using only your eyes, flex different muscles, etc).  This is called biocalibration, each maneuver is used to make sure that a particular sensor is correctly gathering data.  As every patient is different, the sensors must sometimes be moved in order to get the best signal.

At this point, all you have to do is fall asleep and our professional technicians will handle the rest!

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Accepted Insurance for Sleep Services

We participate with the following insurance provders:

Advantra
Advantra Freedom
Aetna
Aetna Medicare
American Progressive
Amerihealth 65
Amerihealth Administrators
Assurant Health
Capital Blue Cross
Capital Blue Cross Senior Blue
Carefirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Central PA Teamsters
Chesterfield Resources
Cigna
Coresource
Coventry Healthcare
Erin Group
Evercare
FMH Benefit Services
Geisinger Health Plan
GEHA
Health America/Health Assurance
Health Partners
Highmark Blue Shield
Highmark Freedom Blue
Independence Blue Cross
Keystone Health Plan Central
Keystone Health Plan East
Loomis
Medicare
Meritan Health
MVP (thru Cigna netowrk)
PA Employee Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF)
Personal Choice
Secure Horizons
Tricare
United Healthcare

We do not accept any Medicaid plans

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really spend the night in your lab?
Yes.  We strive to provide a comforatable hotel-like experience for our patients.  You will have a private room with a bed, TV, and locker to secure any valuables.

 So you're going to apply sensors to my head - is that safe?
Yes, these gold-cup electrodes are completely safe.  They are only used to sense electrical activity from your brain.  They DO NOT apply any current to your scalp.  All of our equipment is checked and maintained bi-annually and protected by medical grade isolation transformers that comply to the same standards as a hospital setting.

 Will you be able to see my dreams/read my thoughts?
No.  The sensors will only allow us to see changes in voltage coming from your brain to allow your technician to see which stage of sleep you are in.

How should I prepare for the study and what should I bring to the lab?
Going for a sleep study is a bit different than many diagnostic procedures.  It is important for our patients to be comfortable, and that the technician is able to apply the sensors required to acquire the best possible physiological signals.  In order to make your trip to the sleep lab as stress-free and productive as possible, we provide the following checklist.

  • Do not take any naps the day of your study
  • Do not drink any caffeine the day of the study.  You may eat your normal diet.
  • Bring a list of your current medications to give to your sleep technician.
  • You may take your medications the day of the test and bring any medications that you will need during the night.  Refrigeration is available for temperature-sensitive medication like insulin.
  • Bathe or shower before coming to the test.  This will aid with application of the monitoring sensors, and improve signal quality.
  • Do not use body lotions, hair conditioners, hair creams, tonics, or hair gel.  You are encouraged to apply underarm deodorant.
  • Remove all nail polish and acrylic nails from at least 1 nail on each hand.
  • For your comfort, you may bring your own pillow and reading material.
  • Please bring non-restricting 2 piece night clothes (e.g. pajamas, t-shirt and shorts, etc; no satin or silk).
  • Please bring your completed Sleep Questionaire to give to your technician.
  • Please read and sign the Notice of Privacy Policies and Practices to give to your technician.
  • Please bring your current insurance cards AND a photo ID.
  • No shows/failure to cancel within 12 hours of scheduled appointment may incur a $50 fee.  This is because of the resources that must be allocated in advance for each sleep study.  If you cannot make your appointment, let us know so that we can make your time available to another patient.

Electrodes, sensors, and belts will be attached to you to measure your breathing pattern, sleep stages, oxygen levels, body movements and heart tracings.  The sleep report will be left for interpretation and then forwarded to the ordering physician.  This process can take up to 7-10 days.  Your technician is not allowed to provide a diagnosis in the morning.  There is a shower facility available if you wish to shower in the morning.

For your safety as well as the safety of others, please do not drive while sleepy.  If you are sleepy before leaving the sleep laboratory, please inform us.  We will gladly make arrangements fo ryou to continue sleeping at the facility or to call transportation for you in the event that this would occur. It is very important that any insurance pre-certification requirements are met and that any referrals are obtained prior to the study.  All services are also subject to your deductible and/or co-insurance with your plan.  Please be advised that many insurance companies require a minimum recording time in order for the study to qualify for reimbursement.

What if I need to reschedule my study?
In the event you need to reschedule your study, please call 1-866-251-7451 (toll free).  For cancellations after 6:00 pm or on weekends, please call 866-475-4759 (toll free).  The supervisor on duty will answer your call.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 717-399-7451 or toll free at 1-866-251-7451.

 How am I supposed to sleep with all of that equipment connected to me?
We find that most of our patients adapt quickly to the sensors and have little trouble falling asleep.  We hope that you will, too!

 What if I still have questions?If you still have questions, please contact us at: 717-399-7451 or email us.

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Home Sleep Testing
Sleep Disorder Associates

Sleep Disorder Assoicates
717 399-7451 * 866 251-7451

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Did you know that 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, with 95% of those remaining undiagnosed and untreated?  The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea in patients with hypertension is 50%, congestive heart failure is 25%, acute coronary syndrome is 30% and stroke is 60%. 

Sleep disordered breathing is recognized as a serious health problem that impacts approximately 43 million US adults.  Many barriers prevent patients from getting access to therapy.  Home Sleep Testing offers a more accessible and cost-effective alternative to in-laboratory polysomnography without compromising testing results.     

      Effects of Sleep Apnea

  • Depression, irritability, mood changes
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Learning and memory difficulties
  • Morning headaches
  • Chronic elevation in daytime blood pressure
  • Impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance
  • Impaired concentration
  • Increased risk of deadly accidents

At Sleep Disorder Associates we use the most advanced Home Sleep Testing equipment available.  ResMed’s ApneaLink provides an effective, easy-to-use method of diagnosing patients for obstructive sleep apnea in their homes.  ApneaLink reports apneas, hypopneas, flow limitations, snoring, oxygen saturation, heart rate and the probability of Cheyne-Stokes respiration breathing patterns within the recording. 

This FDA cleared and clinically validated multi-channel diagnostic system provides sleep data that is reviewed and scored by a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist and interpreted by a board certified Sleep Physician.  
 
Do you suspect you have sleep apnea; but you don't want to spend a night away from your home with strangers? Guess what? You don't have to. Your physician may tell you that is what you should do, but do your homework. Home sleep testing has been proven in many ways to be just as effective as a free standing sleep center for a diagnostic test of sleep apnea.  Don't spend unnecessary hard earned money for a test that may cost you up to thousands more when you can do a similar test with the same results in the comfort of your own home.  With Sleep Disorder Associates Home Sleep Testing Program, you will get a registered polysomnography sleep technician manually scoring your test and a board certified sleep physician interpreting your test and giving recommendations and diagnosis.

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