Sleep Disorder Clinic

The HMH Sleep Disorder Lab was established in 2005. Sleep studies conducted at HMH are conducted by highly-trained sleep technologists while patients enjoy the comfort of private sleep rooms. The HMH Sleep Lab recently moved to a new location that is in the new building behind the emergency department entrance. In addition to testing completed in the HMH Sleep Disorder Lab, HMH offers home-study sleep disorder testing.

HMH treats and conducts sleep studies common sleep disorders like sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome; insomnia; periodic limb movement disorder; narcolepsy and sleep-wake disorder. Research indicates that approximately 4-6% of the population suffers from sleep apnea, the most prevalent of all sleep disorders. 

At HMH, the sleep study would be performed during normal sleep hours. The lab is located in a  quiet, comfortable room free of distraction. Set-up involves the placement of various electrodes on the surface of the patient’s scalp, face, chest, and lower leg to monitor brain waves, eye movements, breathing patterns, heart rate and muscle activity. 

All of the information from the study is evaluated by a sleep disorder specialist. The physician will be able to diagnose a disorder and recommend treatment.

Most medical insurance covers the diagnosis and treatment of most sleep disorders. Please contact your medical insurance to learn more about coverage.

Currently, Dr. Maria Pavez, HMH sleep disorder specialist, supervises and interprets sleep disorder studies. She joined HMH’s Consulting Staff in 2013, as the medical director of the HMH Sleep Disorder Clinic, where she will see patients here in Cynthiana every third Monday of the month for sleep disorders. 

Dr. Pavez graduated from medical school from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru. She completed her internship in internal medicine; residency in neurology and fellowship in electromyography at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Pavez is board-certified in neurology and sleep medicine.

HMH is accreditated by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for the services of the HMH Sleep Disorder Lab. ACHC’s Sleep Accreditation program offers standards for Sleep Labs/Centers (SLCs) and stand-alone Home Sleep Testing (HST) services. ACHC is a not-for-profit organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986.

Achieving accreditation is a process where healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with over one-hundred national standards. By achieving ACHC Accreditation, reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

ACHC offers a patient-focused approach to Sleep Accreditation with principles that were developed with direct input from industry professionals to ensure relevant and realistic standards. The accreditation process involved a site visit from an ACHC representative who reviewed policies, procedures, credentials and a sleep study conducted at the HMH Sleep Disorder Lab.
 
For more information on sleep disorders or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pavez, please call 859.235.3562.