Sleep Disorders at Menorah Medical Center
Our doctors diagnose and treat a wide range of sleep disorders affecting both adults and children. We provide comprehensive sleep evaluations, treatment and follow-up care. Our Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and provides services designed to treat patients with:
We also feature an advanced sleep laboratory with both day and night sleep studies and a highly-skilled team of physicians and registered polysomnography technologists. Our staff also has experience with CPAP and BiPAP equipment that can be used in your home or when you travel.
Though non-invasive sensors are used to monitor a patient’s brain and muscle activity as well as their heart rate, respiratory effort and oxygen saturation, the Sleep Lab staff also relies on cameras to unobtrusively observe a patient’s movement throughout the night.
Patients participating in a sleep study arrive at 9 p.m. for preparation and are fitted with the necessary sensors. Sleep studies begin at 10 p.m. Patients are encouraged to keep to their normal routine, whether that includes watching television or reading a book prior to falling asleep. Though our staff monitor patients during the night to adjust a sensor or answer a question, in general patients will be left to sleep as best as the presumed disorder will allow. When the study completes at 6 a.m., the results are scored and interpreted by a specialist board certified in sleep medicine.
Your doctor may prescribe one or more of these treatments for sleep disorders:
- Overnight Sleep Tests: Your doctor may prescribe a Polysomnogram (PSG) which is a painless overnight test that records brain wave activity, eye movements, muscle activity, heart rate and rhythm, nasal air-flow, breathing depth, blood oxygen saturation, and other physical behaviors. The Sleep Lab at Menorah Medical Center conducts these procedures.
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure: This device delivers pressurized air keeping your throat open to reduce pauses in breathing.
- Drugs: Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs may offer relief. Many times, these drugs are best used for temporary relief of sleep problems but are not recommended for long-term use.
- Surgery: There are many options. For example, your doctor may suggest a UPPP which widens the oropharyngeal airway. Or your doctor may reposition the lower jaw. (Surgery should be your last option. Ask your doctor.