Treatment: Treatment is formulated based on the diagnosis and the individual needs. Our team of board certified sleep specialists are skilled at making the correct diagnosis, and efficiently implementing the most effective treatment to correct any sleep problem.
- CPAP Therapy: (Continuous Positive Air Pressure.) This test is often requested after a patient has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. A mask is placed over the nose and/or face which helps prevent snoring and apnea (interrupted breathing) during the normal sleep period. Different levels of air pressure are gradually delivered to the airway. This helps open the airway passages during sleep to assist in maintaining a normal sleep cycle. This test is used to determine the correct air pressure needed to keep the airways open. Consistent use of the CPAP machine is critical in the successful treatment of sleep apnea.
- BiPAP Therapy: (Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure.) If a patient did not have a satisfactory therapeutic response to the CPAP study, a BiPAP sleep study is usually ordered. BiPAP is similar to the CPAP, but provides two levels of pressure – inspiratory Positive Airway Pressure and a lower Positive Airway Pressure for easier exhalation. A BiPAP test is conducted in the same manner as a CPAP test. Consistent use of the BiPAP machine is critical in the successful treatment of sleep apnea.
- AUTO-PAP: (Automatic Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.) If a patient did not have a satisfactory therapeutic response to the CPAP or BiPAP then an AUTO-PAP study is ordered. The air pressure adjusts automatically as you sleep. An AUTO-PAP is conducted in the same manner as a CPAP. Consistent use of the AUTO-PAP is critical in the successful treatment of sleep apnea.
- MSLT: (Multiple Sleep Latency Test.) This assessment is usually performed the day after the polysomnographic sleep study is administered. This test is used to determine how fast you fall asleep in the dark. The test consists of a series of 20 minute naps in 2 hour intervals throughout the day. It is also useful in studying the intensity of daytime sleepiness and determines if narcolepsy is present.
- MWT: (Maintenance of Wakefulness Test.) It is performed to evaluate a person’s ability to stay awake and alert during the day. During the MWT “trial” a patient is asked to sit comfortably and quietly in a chair in a quiet, dimly lit, room. The patient is then instructed to stay awake as long as possible while remaining quiet and still. Each “trial” lasts 40 minutes. These testing “trials” are conducted at two-hour intervals, usually beginning approximately two hours after awakening from a typical night of sleep. During the trials, the patient’s brain waves are recorded to determine how long the individual is able to stay awake, and if they fall asleep, how long it took them to fall asleep. Unlike the MSLT, the MWT does not always need to be preceded by an overnight sleep study. Typically, the MWT is completed by 4:00 pm.