What Happens at a Sleep Clinic?
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A sleep clinic is a specialized medical facility that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sleep problems. Because sleep is such a vital function, any disorder that impedes upon sleep quality should be evaluated at a sleep clinic. Certain health issues, such as those caused by obstructions in the airways, require a specialist. Sleep clinics are staffed with a sleep team who can evaluate sleep problems and develop treatment plans that effectively ameliorate the sleeping issues and improve quality of life.
There are many different types of sleep clinics; some are general practices that treat a wide range of conditions, while others are dedicated clinics that specialize in treating certain disorders. Therefore, what happens at a sleep clinic depends on the type of clinic, its focus and specialization. For example, sleep clinics that focus on treatment of sleep related breathing disorders offer treatments that can improve and maintain airflow through the oral and nasal airways during sleep. These clinics may be staffed by dentists who have a background in sleep medicine and they generally offer noninvasive treatments such as custom made oral sleep appliances and custom orthotics. Other sleep clinics may offer CPAP therapy, and still others may may offer invasive or minimally invasive surgical procedures, depending on the background, training and skill set of the sleep professionals.
Sleep apnea is an incredibly prevalent condition, affecting the lives of over 22 million Americans. The number of people in the United States living with sleep apnea is actually much higher, as an estimated 80 to 90 percent of sleep apnea cases are undiagnosed.
The first step in evaluating a patient for sleep apnea is a review of the patient’s health history and sleep history. The doctor will review the symptoms the patient describes and decide if further evaluation is warranted. When certain criteria are met, such as scoring at a certain number on the Epworth Sleepiness Survey or STOP BANG questionnaire, excessive daytime tiredness, fatigue, never feeling rested, loud disruptive snoring, waking up with a sore throat or headache, abruptly waking with a cough, choke or sputter and your heart racing, further testing will be recommended. However, in some cases such as or someone witnessing the patient completely stop breathing during sleep, a sleep study would be ordered immediately.
Yes, a sleep clinic can help with insomnia. The amount these clinics can help depends on the specific circumstances of the condition, including its underlying cause, severity and if other factors are influencing sleep quality. While there is no specific test to diagnose insomnia, the sleep specialist can look into other factors that are affecting sleep, such as diet and sleep hygiene. These clinics may also test for primary sleep disorders that can cause insomnia.
Over the course of a sleep study, a range of disorders may be discovered. Some of the most common sleep disorders diagnosed during sleep studies include obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, REM sleep behavior disorder, periodic limb movement disorder and insomnia. However, the most common sleep disorder that doctors diagnose during a sleep study is obstructive sleep apnea. When diagnosed, all of these sleep disorders can be treated, allowing patients to get a good night’s rest and benefit from better overall health.
If you are looking for a trusted and qualified sleep clinic to help you improve your quality of sleep, come to Koala® Centers For Sleep & TMJ Disorders! Call us today to book an appointment at our sleep clinic, or visit one of our locations. we serve patients from all across the United States, and have clinics in Mishawaka IN, Bloomington IL, Peoria – Dunlap IL, Kansas City MO, Wausau WI and El Paso TX. We look forward to serving you!