How We Do It
For sleep tests, Respitech works with Sleep Disorder Associates, an independent diagnostic facility owned by Dr. Neil Kline, DO. Sleep Disorder Associates is an American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited facility. For more information about Sleep Disorder Associates, please click here. Sleep Disorder Associates provides both home sleep test (HST) and in lab sleep studies (polysomnography).
Home sleep test kits allow patients to test for sleep apnea from the comfort of their own bed. Most cases of sleep apnea are diagnosed via home sleep tests. To see if you qualify, and for information about home sleep tests, please click here.
While home sleep test are a good fit for many, there are times when an in lab sleep study may be necessary. For information about in lab studies (polysomnography), please click here.
About Sleep Disorder Associates
Sleep Disorder Associates is owned by Dr. Neil Kline, DO., with Sleep Centers located in Lancaster. We are 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.
Monday through Friday
8:00am – 5:00 pm
About Dr. Kline
Dr. Neil Kline is an internist and sleep physician. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He completed medical training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, MCP Hahnemann University and University of Pennsylvania. He started working as a sleep technologist in the 1990’s. His special interest in the field is obstructive sleep apnea.
From the Comfort of Your Bed
Home Sleep Testing
Sleep Disorder Associates uses ResMed’s ApneaLink. The 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.
What to Expect
You will be provided with a home testing kit that you will be able to take home and have the study done in your own home. Instructions will be provided to you and you will have the option to call into the office for instruction, if needed. A copy of the instructions can be downloaded by visiting our Before You Arrive page. Once you have completed the overnight test, you will need to return the kit so that your results to be viewed by the sleep physician. Your testing results will then be forwarded to your physician to review with you.
Clinical Sleep Testing
In Lab Sleep Study (Polysomnography)
Polysomnography, also called a sleep study, is a test used to diagnose sleep disorders. Polysomnography records your brain waves, the oxygen level in your blood, heart rate and breathing, as well as eye and leg movements during the study.
Polysomnography monitors your sleep stages and cycles to identify if or when your sleep patterns are disrupted and why. In addition to helping diagnose sleep disorders, polysomnography may be used to help adjust your treatment plan if you’ve already been diagnosed with a sleep disorder. If your doctor determines that a polysomnography is required for your sleep assessment. Sleep Disorder Associates has the facility, staff and equipment to perform your polysomnography.
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 forms from the Before You Arrive page 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!
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to do to have a sleep study done?
An order from your physician will be required for testing in addition to face to face office visit notes with your referring doctor indicating symptoms and reasoning for performing the sleep study. We have a physician’s order form available for download, please click here. Using this form can expedite the process of ordering your sleep study. Please present this form to you doctor’s office. Once completed, you or your doctor’s office can fax it to our office at 717.399.8128.
Will I need to go to a hospital for my sleep study?
What do I need to bring the night of my sleep study?
Insurance card, photo ID, payment if required, list of medications and any medications you take at bedtime, completed patient packet documents.
Do you still have questions?
If you still have questions, please contact us at 717-399-7451 or send us a message.
Accepted Insurances for Sleep Services
We participate with the following insurance provders:
American Medical Security (thru UHC)
Capital Blue Cross
Central PA Teamsters
EHP (Sisco, Erin Group, Loomis, DH Evans)
Evercare (thru United Healthcare)
FMH Benefit Services
Geisinger Health Plan
Geisinger Gold – Medicare
Highmark Blue Shield
Horizon BC/BS – Medicare
Humana Military (formerly Tricare)
Independence Blue Cross/Personal Choice
Keystone Health Plan Central
Keystone Health Plan East
Keystone VIP Choice
MVP (thru Cigna network)
Pennsylvania Employee Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF)
Tricare for Life
Trustmark Health Benefit
Vibra Health Plan