Without a good night's rest it is hard to lead a happy and fulfilling life. We understand the importance of getting the sleep your body needs and can make diagnoses and prescribe treatments that will help you feel rested and able to lead an active healthy life:
Sleep Apnea is a condition where the sufferer unconsciously (during sleep cycles) experiences episodes as short as 10-15 seconds and as long as 60 seconds where breathing stops before returning back to normal with an often times violent gasp for air. This condition, similar to but much more serious than snoring can cause drowsiness and irritability upon waking as well is putting unnecessary and unwanted strain on the brain and body in general during the air deprived episodes.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which the ability to fall asleep or stay asleep as long as desired is greatly hindered. Insomnia can last for as short as a few days to as long and a few weeks. For practical purposes, Insomnia is normally diagnosed by a doctor whose patient responds in the affirmative to one or both of the questions "do you have trouble falling asleep?" and "do you have trouble staying asleep." The loss of sleep increases overall stress on the body and has been known to increase chance of heart disease as well as automobile accidents.
RLS is a neurological disorder in which the patient has an irresistible urge to move their legs to stop odd feeling sensations. These sensations range from tingly numbness to aches and pains. Moving the body part effected (normally legs but it has been known to occur in arms and the torso as well) provides temporary relief from said uncomfortable sensations. It most commonly occurs during "restful wakedness" such as reading a book before bed or shortly after turning out the light to go to sleep.
Narcolepsy is a severe neurological disorder in which the brain has difficulty regulating sleep and wake cycles for the person experiencing the condition. The symptoms of narcolepsy are typically extreme grogginess and tiredness that is experienced chronically on a day to day basis. Those who suffer from narcolepsy experience the sleepiness of a normal person who has been sleep deprived for 24-48 hours and often times have difficulty stopping themselves from falling asleep.
Shift-Work Sleep Disorder is a condition which normally effects people who find themselves having to work during times that are more normally used for sleeping (so called 'graveyard shifts'). In addition to having increased grogginess and insomnia, those who experience SWSD also have difficulty falling asleep during the times they have set aside to sleep during, despite making the environment very sleep friendly.
Non-appliance solutions for sleep Apnea include but are not limited to behavior changes like attempting to fall asleep in a different position than the one that causes snoring, an exercise regimen, and weight loss. These are normally the first avenues explored when trying to treat chronic snoring or sleep apnea.
A sleep apnea oral appliance is typically molded to fit a particular patient's teeth by a dentist specializing in treating sleep disorders. Appliances usually function by moving the lower jaw forward in order to open up the airway during sleep, thus promoting better breathing and less apneas. Some oral appliances restrict tongue movement in order to prevent the tongue from blocking the airway.
CPAP is an acronym for "continuous positive airway pressure." With this device the patient (who is normally suffering from sleep apnea) wears a mask which covers the nose and mouth when they go to sleep. Upon engaging the machine a gentle pressure of air is pumped from the bedside machine to the mask and into the patient whereby the airway is kept open and clear and the apnea ceases.
BiPAP is an acronym for Bilateral Positive Airway Pressure. It is much the same as a CPAP, however, it additionally has the ability to circulate pressure both to and from the patient. That is to say, where a CPAP machine assists primarily in inhaling, a BPAP machine can assist in inhaling and exhaling.