Other labs like UCSF want me to wait several months to come in for a study, how long does it typically take to schedule an appointment at your clinic?
Our goal is to provide intake appointments within one week or less and overnight sleep study appointments within two weeks or less.
Do you take insurance?
We accept ALL insurance except and Medicare and HMO’s. Also, and for your convenience, we take care of all pre-authorizations for studies.
What is the overnight study like?
A sleep study is usually scheduled for 10:00 PM and completed by 7:00 AM the next morning. Our lab is in a quiet and secure building and is in a quiet, secure neighborhood – Our beds are quite comfortable, but please do not hesitate to bring your favorite pillow should you desire.
Where is the overnight study held?
At our clinic, located at:
2001 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(on Union between Buchanan and Webster)
Where can I park for the night?
Street parking is available – the nearby metered spaces are free from 6 PM to 9 AM – wherever you park, as always, please check the signs for street sweeping hours.
There is also underground parking at 2001 Union – it is $30 overnight. However, after the garage closes at 10:00 PM every night of the week, it does not open again until 7:00 AM Monday thru Friday mornings, and 10:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Also, consider public transportation. Muni to 2001 Union Street is serviced by Route 41 (which runs weekday mornings and afternoons — no midday service) and Route 45 directly in front, and by Route 22 just a few blocks away.
How do I find my way to the clinic once I have arrived at the 2001 Union Street complex?
When you arrive at 2001 Union, simply enter from Union Street and proceed toward the lobby, walking PAST the elevators, (they turn off at 6PM) and proceed up the stairs (toward “Hunan Empire” restaurant) and turn RIGHT at the top of the landing.
You will see a stairwell to your right on the lobby floor, past the lobby elevators. Proceed up the stairwell; and, at the top you will see ‘San Francisco Sleep Diagnostics’ directly in front of you. If you need wheelchair access, or are riding a bike, please call the office number or my cell (both listed below) and I will meet you at the Buchanan Street entrance which has its own loading zone parking space.
What do I need to do to prepare for the overnight study?
- On the day of the study, please try to avoid caffeine or alcohol after 12:00 (noon)
- Please take all your medications that you would normally take
- Wash your hair as you normally would but please avoid using any styling product if possible
- Please do not apply any lotion or oil to your skin the day of your sleep study
- Please bring comfortable, loose clothes to sleep in
- If you would like, bring a book or your laptop
- Please feel free to bring snacks if you want; we have a refrigerator
What should I expect for the overnight study?
When you arrive at the lab, our technologist will greet you and show you to your private room where you will fill out some short forms and then change for bed. The technologist will then proceed to prepare the monitoring equipment and will explain the procedure; and hopefully answer any questions that you may have. This preparation time usually lasts one hour and afterwards you may read or whatever you normally might do before bed. You will be able to turn out the lights from your bed; and when you do, the test will begin. Our testing equipment works over a wireless network, so our patients are not tethered to any wires that have to be unhooked before getting out of bed. We have our own private, ADA-compliant restroom within the lab, which can be easily accessed throughout the night. To be clinically valid, the test requires a minimum of 6 hours of data recording, and only two of those hours need to be during actual sleep – in most cases your technologist will wake you soon after sufficient data has been gathered. If you need to get up no later than a specific time, please let your technologist know and we will help you keep your schedule.
If the sleep study results confirm the presence of a sleep disorder such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, what will happen next?
We will schedule you for an (included) follow-up appointment with our in-house physician, who will discuss your study results with you. He may provide you with a prescription for CPAP and/or consult with you regarding additional treatment options. Two weeks after starting CPAP, you will have an additional (included) follow-up appointment with our physician to assess compliance, side effects, or any difficulties with use to maximize CPAP effectiveness and comfort.
How do I use the Home Sleep Test that was given to me by one of your employees?
Here is a link to the instructional video for the HST unit: