FAQ for physicians
As a health professional, do you need additional information ?
In this section, you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions.
If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, please do not hesitate to send us an email via our contact form.
How do I refer my patient to Cenas ?
If you are a GP and would like to refer a patient to Cenas for a consultation or an in-depth sleep examination, please fill in the examination request form and return it to us via email, post, fax or using the contact form below. Our secretary’s office will get in touch directly with your patient to arrange an appointment.
My patient has excessive daytime sleepiness, should I refer him for an examination ?
In case of excessive daytime sleepiness, the referential diagnosis is relatively complex. With clear symptomatology pointing to sleep apnea syndrome, a simple polysomnographic examination can be performed at the Cenas sleep medicine centre. If you suspect narcolepsy or idiopathic hypersomnia, we strongly recommend that you refer your patient to us for an initial evaluation with a specialist.
My patient snores: is a pulse oximetry test sufficient ?
In case of severe sleep apnea syndrome, a pulse oximetry test may be sufficient to reach a diagnosis. However, according to recommendations, this screening test can’t be used to formally exclude potential sleep-related breathing disorders. For asymptomatic patients or patients with cardiovascular risk factors, we strongly recommend a full polysomnographic examination at the Cenas sleep medicine centre.
Can any patient undergo a polysomnographic examination ?
In theory, yes. However, there are specific indications for the examination to be covered. Indeed, patients with a strong suspicion of a sleep-related breathing disorder, motor sleep disturbances, narcolepsy or nocturnal parasomnia/epilepsy are fully covered, outright and without condition. The case of insomnia is more complex : the patient should always undergo a preliminary consultation to assess whether the polysomnographic examination meets the conditions for reimbursement.
Does the Cenas sleep medicine centre carry out outpatient examinations ?
Yes we do. Pulse oximetry test, ventilatory polysomnography and actimetry can be performed as outpatient procedures at the Cenas sleep medicine centre.
Can a patient be accompanied ?
In theory, yes. However, please see the terms and conditions.
Does the Cenas sleep medicine centre perform daytime examinations ?
Yes, our centre performs all types of polysomnographic examinations, including Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) and Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT).
My patient needs CPAP equipment, what should I do ?
CPAP equipment should be prescribed by a specialist in pulmonology or sleep medicine. If your patient requires CPAP treatment, you can refer them for a preliminary consultation with one of our physicians, who will prescribe the examination. The patient will then be equipped and monitored by Cenas’ dedicated CPAP team.
Do you provide cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) ?
Yes. CBT-I is carried out by a specialised psychologist under the supervision of a psychiatrist. This therapy is fully covered by the basic health insurance.
I would like to know more about sleep, can you recommend any books ?
If you want to know more about sleep, please visit our dedicated page. Furthermore, the Cenas sleep medicine centre regularly holds education courses that are recognised and certified by competent Swiss societies. Be sure to stay up to date with upcoming events and check out past events.