The division of pulmonary and sleep disorders provides services to eligible Veteran members across the spectrum of illness, from the outpatient setting, and extended care areas. The Pulmonary Services are provided in consultation visits and continuity care visits to a variety of Veterans with expertise in the areas of Obstructive Airways Disease, Interstitial Lung Disease, Lung Cancer, and Sleep Disordered Breathing.
Pulmonary Function Laboratory
The Pulmonary Function Test is equipped for clinical oriented testing which include:
- Comprehensive Pulmonary Function Testing (Spirometer, Lung Volume Determination, and Diffusing Capacity)
- Bronchodilator Responsive
- Arterial Blood Gas Analysis
Pulmonary Special Procedures
The Pulmonary Special Procedures that are currently offered include:
- Flexible fiber optic bronchoscopy (FFB) services with excellent support using fluoroscopy and full video capability
- Thoracentesis with the use of ultrasound technology
- Evaluation and dispensing of home oxygen therapy
About Our Service
The Orlando VA Sleep Center provides evaluation, testing, and treatment for sleep disorders. We offer a 4-bed sleep testing facility with state of the art equipment, registered sleep technologists and board certified sleep physicians to ensure you receive a thorough and complete evaluation. There are more than 80 different recognized sleep disorders including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs and periodic limb disorder, and insomnia. Sleep disorders and problems with sleep can have a direct impact on your day-to-day activities and a Veterans’s quality of life. A consultation with a sleep physician prior to testing may be required and help determine the effective testing and treatment plan.
If you are unable to keep your appointment(s) please contact the Sleep Center at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. This will allow us to schedule another patient in your appointment slot.
For Daytime PAP Clinic visits and appointments with sleep physicians:
- After arriving and parking at the Medical Center, enter the clinic, proceed to the 2nd floor hospital building, located in area 2N.
- Check in with the clerks and please be seated until you are called for your appointment.
- Please remember to bring your list of medications or any new medications that have been added since your last visit.
- Please bring your sleep study reports and doctor’s clinic notes, if you have already had a sleep study completed at an outside facility. If you have had a prior sleep study at a VA facility, please inform the physician or nurse
- If you are scheduled to see the CPAP Coordinator, bring your CPAP machine, mask and tubing as well as the machine compliance card.
For Nighttime Arrival for Sleep Testing:
- First floor of the parking garage will be the only entrance open during evening hours.
- Take elevators closest to the cafeteria to the second floor; exit the elevator walking toward the hospital building. First door on the right is the sleep clinic 2N. Please follow posted signage.
These are the important items to remember for your sleep study:
- Arrive on time, but not early.
- Do not drive if sleepy, or if you think you will be sleepy. If you are too sleepy to drive home, someone will need to come to pick you up. You will be discharged by 6:00am
- Please confirm your study date and time when called. If you must cancel and reschedule, we ask that you do so at least 48 hours in advance. This will allow us to schedule another patient in your appointment slot.
- No alcohol or naps the day of study.
- Continue to use your medications, unless you have been instructed otherwise by your physician. Bring all medications you normally take need or might need to take during your time in the sleep center. No medications are available at the sleep center. If you do routinely take sleeping meds, bring them with you to the sleep center.
- No caffeine or products containing caffeine (coffee, tea, Coke, Mountain Dew, chocolate, etc) after noon on the day of study.
- You are welcome to bring snacks or drinks to have while in the sleep center, as there is no food service available. We do have a small refrigerator available.
- Shower and have clean hair and body before arriving, but do not use skin lotions or hair products (except deodorant). If skin is not clean, electrodes will not stick to your skin. Men should be clean shaven, unless you have a beard or mustache.
- Bring sleeping clothes (top and bottoms). Sleeping without clothing or with underwear only is not allowed. You may bring your own pillow, if you prefer.
- If currently using CPAP, bring your current mask and headgear to the study. You do not need to bring your CPAP unit, but if you know your current settings, tell your technologist.
- You will have a paste applied to your hair which you can wash out in a sink, if needed, prior to your discharge. Please bring any toiletry items you may need, such as toothpaste, razors, deodorant or shampoo. Shower facilities are not available.
- Please notify the sleep center prior to your study if you have any serious health issues which develop, or if you are hospitalized or have surgery between the time you are scheduled and the date if your sleep study.
- If you take medications, bring all the medications that you will need for the time that you will be here. If your medications need to be kept cold, please bring them in a small cooler.
- Inform the sleep technician about any relevant allergies.
- Televisions are available in each room. They will required to be turned off during testing, as will all cell phones and alarms.
What to Expect During your Sleep Study:
After arriving at the Sleep Center, you will receive an orientation to the procedure, including the opportunity to watch a short video on sleep testing and sleep apnea. You will then be taken to your private bedroom and asked to change into your sleeping clothes. You will also be asked to complete several questionnaires regarding your sleep habits and patterns, and your activities that day. The sleep technologist will then apply several sensors to your head, face, and body. These sensors give us information about your breathing, snoring, oxygen level, heart rate, movement during sleep, and sleep stages. You will be allowed to watch TV, read, and have a small snack prior to the test beginning at approximately 10:30pm (lights out). You will also have the opportunity to try CPAP and may fit with a CPAP mask, in case it is needed during the night. At lights out, the television will be turned off and the technician will monitor your sleeping and breathing throughout the night. You may be asked to try wearing continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) during your study if you have sleep apnea during the first several hours of the study. In the morning, at approximately 5 a.m., the technician will awaken you and all sensors will be removed. You will again answer several questionnaires.
After your sleep study the data, which consists of over 800 pages of data, is reviewed and compiled by the technologist into a report format to be reviewed and interpreted by the sleep physician. Once this is completed, you will be contacted by telephone by the Sleep Center or your provider to discuss the results of the study and further follow-up appointments.
- Lake Nona Hospital 2N
Hours of Operation
M-F 6:30am - 4:30pm
Sleep Testing, Available 7 Days a week 8:00pm - 6:00am