Frequently Asked Questions

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About Our Services

About Sleep Studies

About Our Providers

About Sleep Disorders


Will my insurance cover your services?

Almost every insurance company covers sleep studies and CPAP therapy. However, there can be restrictions. We’ll contact your insurance company up front to check benefits, determine if we’re in your insurance network and find out if a referral from your primary physician is necessary. We’ll also give you a good idea whether you’ll be responsible for any out-of-pocket payment.

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Do I need a doctor’s referral?

We do not require a doctor’s referral and, typically, your insurance company doesn’t require one either. However, we will check with your insurance company.

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What nights are you open?

We’re open around the clock and can conduct your sleep study any night that works best for you. We also perform daytime sleep studies for second- and third-shift workers.

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How long has the Sleep Wellness Institute been in business?

We’ve been treating patients since 1994.

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What’s the difference between your facility and a hospital?

There are many important differences you should consider.

  • Hospitals spread their focus across numerous services. Because of this, they have a much higher "overhead," resulting in more costly sleep disorders services.  At the Sleep Wellness Institute, we specialize in sleep disorder diagnosis, treatment and follow-up, enabling us to deliver exceptional expertise and attentive care.
  • Compared to the Sleep Wellness Institute, most hospitals require significantly more time to schedule you for sleep study, and they deliver your follow-up report much later. If you have sleep apnea, it’s important to get treated quickly.
  • In some hospitals, sleep studies are performed in regular hospital-style rooms. Here, making you feel at home is absolutely integral to our service.
  • Hospitals rarely provide equipment like CPAP to their patients. They rely on home health agencies, and as a result, their patients do not get the kind of "hands-on" care that is a crucial aspect of our service. For example, we professionally fit CPAP masks at our office; you won’t wait several days for someone to bring it to your home. We always follow up to ensure that the mask is comfortable and that you’re using it properly. We’re quick to answer questions.

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What is a sleep study?

A painless, non-invasive test that measures your body’s function during sleep for the purpose of diagnosing and treating a sleep disorder.

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Why should I consider a sleep study?

A sleep study enables us to prescribe a course of treatment that will help you sleep well, be refreshed and live a healthier life. Sleep studies can be crucial for people with obstructive sleep apnea which, left untreated, can increase risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. Approximately 38,000 people die annually from complications caused by sleep apnea.

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Are you sure I’ll be able to fall asleep?

Sleep is personal, and it's not unusual for patients to feel apprehensive. That’s why we spend time up front discussing the study with you. Many patients report they actually sleep better during a sleep study than at home (Our beds are very comfortable!).

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Is there any pain involved in a sleep study?

The procedure is completely painless.

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Can I have my sleep study done at home?

Yes, The Sleep Wellness Institute offers both in-lab and in-home testing. however, home sleep testing isn't an option for everyone. We start with a consultation with one of our sleep specialists to see if home testing is right for you. Sometimes, more information is needed than an in-home study can provide, so our sleep specialists will work with you to make the right decision for your health.

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What are the rooms like?

Our study rooms rival the typical bedroom at home for comfort. Many patients report that they can actually sleep better here than at home.

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Will I have my own room?

Yes. We have 12 private rooms in West Allis and two in Mequon, each with its own private bath and shower.

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Will there be a TV in my room?

Yes. You’re welcome to watch TV. When you’re ready to sleep, we turn off the TV. Keeping a TV on while trying to sleep is an example of poor sleep hygiene.

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Is my spouse allowed to come with me to my office visit?

Yes, in fact we encourage you to bring your spouse for your doctor visits. Spouses usually offer valuable input and can tell the doctor what they observe while you sleep.

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Is my spouse allowed to come with me to my sleep study?

Your spouse may come in and see the room you will be sleeping in. However, due to the nature of the sleep study, your spouse will not be able to sleep with you.

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What should I wear?

We ask that you bring something comfortable to sleep in, such as pajamas or sweatpants (shorts) and a T-shirt. If you need to stay for additional testing the next day, please bring something you can wear in our public lounge. We do not permit sleeping in the nude.

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May I bring my own pillow?

There are two pillows on each bed, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

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How can I sleep when I’m hooked up to devices?

The devices attached to you allow you to toss and turn freely during the night. After a short time, you may not even be aware they’re attached. Most people sleep quite comfortably.

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What if I can’t sleep? Can I take something?

We prefer not to facilitate sleep with medication. In extreme cases your doctor may prescribe a sleep aid. If you’re concerned that you may not fall asleep, please ask your doctor beforehand.

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What happens if I’m scheduled for more testing the next day?

If you need to stay for daytime naps, we will wake you around 6 a.m. and serve you breakfast in our patient dining room. You’ll be taking naps at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. We also furnish lunch. You are not allowed to have any caffeine during your daytime study.

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When will I know the results of my sleep study?

Here it doesn’t take weeks or months to send your study results to your physician. Typically our board certified doctors  analyze your study and give the results to your doctor in three business days. If while here you were seen by one of our sleep specialists, we typically schedule a follow-up office visit within three to four days of your scheduled sleep study to review your results.

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What are your doctor's specialties?

Our doctor specializes in internal medicine and pediatrics, and is board certified in sleep medicine. He is also supported by an experienced clinical team, including 3 nurse practitioners.

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How much time will I get to talk to my doctor?

In everything we do, we put relationships first. That means you can take as much time as you need to understand your sleep disorder and treatment options.

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How prevalent are sleep disorders?

More than 100 million Americans have a hard time sleeping. It’s estimated that 18 million of them have sleep apnea, however, only 3 million have been diagnosed. The danger in not seeking diagnosis and treatment can be seen in the number of annual deaths: approximately 38,000 people die annually from complications caused by sleep apnea.

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Who develops sleep disorders?

Sleep disorders can occur in children and adults, male and female. Obesity is a significant risk factor for sleep apnea.

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