Sleep Disorders We Treat
Maybe you have excessive daytime sleepiness. Perhaps your partner has told you that you snore or stop breathing overnight. You should not delay seeking treatment from a specialist.
Sleep disorders can have serious consequences for health, well-being, safety and productivity. They also are associated with life-threatening disease later in life, such as depression, heart disease and stroke.
A pulmonologist can determine the cause of your sleep disorder and design a plan to help restore rest and wellness. The pulmonologists at Memorial Healthcare System specialize in sleep studies and sleep medicine. They have decades of experience diagnosing and treating common disorders, including:
- Sleep apnea, a disorder that interrupts breathing repeatedly during sleep.
- Narcolepsy, (also called hypersomnolence) a condition that causes overwhelming sleepiness during the day — patients can’t stay awake and may fall asleep very suddenly.
Diagnosing Sleep Disorders
Only a sleep study can definitively diagnose a sleep disorder with tests performed in a lab with special conditions and equipment.
Memorial Healthcare System has an on-site Sleep Medicine Center accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. At the sleep center, our pulmonologists and sleep technicians offer a variety of methods to diagnose sleep disorders:
- Polysomnography, also known as a sleep study: This painless study measures several factors while you sleep overnight. Measurements include brain waves, heart rate and rhythm, leg movements, breathing, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.
- Multiple sleep latency test, or a daytime nap study: This series of five naps in one day measures excessive daytime sleepiness. It tests the degree of sleepiness you have during the day, how quickly you fall asleep and the type of sleep you have when you nap.
- Sleep questionnaires: Our team also uses several surveys proven to accurately assess the severity of a sleep disorder and its effects on quality of life.
Treating Sleep Disorders
Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder we treat. Usually, treatment is the use of a continuous positive airway pressure device, called a CPAP machine. While you sleep, a machine supplies airway pressure through a mask worn over your nose and mouth.
Treatments plans for sleep disorders may also include:
- Oral appliances that help keep the jaw and tongue in proper position to keep the airway open
- Medicines to promote wakefulness in patients with narcolepsy
- Sleep hygiene education to teach you good sleep habits
Constant Support at Our Sleep Medicine Center
To be effective, CPAP machines and masks must be precisely fitted and maintained. Many patients struggle to find the right fit, so they don’t use their equipment as they should and don’t get the benefits.
Our sleep center is on-site, right next to our office. Sleep technicians are available overnight and during regular office hours. That means you have a resource to find the most comfortable options. This helps you stick with your treatment so you can continue to get much-needed rest.
To make an appointment, call 954-276-1925.