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Sleep Disorder Lab

Sleep disorder services for Fatima Hospital patients are now offered at 1539 Atwood Avenue in Johnston through a comprehensive sleep program that brings together the teams from Fatima and Roger Williams Medical Center.

The program is led by Michael L. Stanchina, MD, FCCP, who received his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine and his residency in internal medicine at New England Medical Center. He also completed a Fellowship in Clinical Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine with rotations at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and the West Roxbury VA Hospital.

The team at the Sleep Lab provides the latest technology and treatments for sleep apnea, excessive snoring, and other sleep disorders.

For more information on sleep disorders, visit Roger Williams Sleep Center or call: 401-351-2747

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Sleep Disorders Lab?

The Sleep Disorders Lab is a medical facility dedicated to diagnosing and treating patients with sleep-related disorders. These conditions include difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep or remaining awake during the day. The most serious symptoms of sleep disorders are daytime sleepiness, excessive use of sleeping pills, nighttime chest pains, morning headaches, heavy snoring and breathing irregularities during sleep. The Lab's services are provided by professionals experienced in sleep-related disorders and sleep-exacerbating diseases. Specialty consultants with certification in neurology, pulmonary medicine, surgery, psychiatry and psychology are always available.

How is the Sleep Study Performed?

When your doctor orders the study, they will contact the Sleep Disorders Lab at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. We will set up an initial appointment for you to meet with our Sleep Lab therapist. During this visit you will provide a brief personal history and physical, and complete a questionnaire. We will complete all paperwork necessary for the medical record and billing ­ you will be given a tour of the lab and be scheduled to come back for the sleep study. The study will be done between 8:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in the Sleep Lab. When you wake up the next day, the therapist will remove the equipment and you may go home or to work, The test room is equipped with a private bathroom and shower.

What can be done to help me if I have a sleeping disorder?

If you are diagnosed with a sleeping disorder, the physician reading the sleep study will make recommendations to your physician based on the test results. They can include:

  • Weight loss
  • CPAP ­ continuous positive airway pressure
  • Medications
  • Surgery
  • Neurological follow-up
  • Psychiatry follow-up
  • Simple sleep pattern changes
  • Use of adjunct requirement such as chin straps or horseshoe pillows and monitors.