Lahey's CPAP Clinic is available on a referral-only basis to patients who are having issues with CPAP therapy or problems initiating CPAP. The Clinic is open during daytime hours, and appointments generally last 30 to 60 minutes. If you are presently using a CPAP/BiPAP machine, it is important that you bring all of your equipment to the appointment. During your visit, a registered sleep technologist will go over the use of the CPAP/BiPAP machine with you. If you are currently using CPAP, the technician will be able to check the pressure of your machine for accuracy, as well as your mask for proper sizing and type. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about the use of your equipment and be able to address any concerns or usage problems. If you have not initiated CPAP/BiPAP treatment, the technician will work with you regarding your specific issues. Your physician will receive a written evaluation of this appointment, which will include any necessary recommendations. It is up to the referring physician to follow through on these recommendations as clinically appropriate.
The Sleep Laboratory, located at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, Mass., consists of six bedrooms and two adjacent technicians' areas. Both polysomnograms (all-night sleep studies) and multiple sleep latency tests are performed. Physiologic activities such as EEG, EKG, breathing, snoring and muscle activities are monitored, and an audiovisual recording is made. The laboratory is equipped with a CPAP/BIPAP unit for the evaluation of appropriate positive-pressure levels in the treatment of sleep apnea.