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Sleep Apnea and Other Sleep Disorders
Sleep Disorders center of Connecticut provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to your sleep disorders. The most commons sleep disorders include Sleep apnea, Insomnia, Narcolepsy and Restless leg Syndrome. Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which one can have one or more pauses in breathing while sleeping. This can last from few seconds to minutes and occurs 30 times or more an hour. This can cause person to have gasping or choking sensation while breathing. The person feels very tired during the day due to poor quality of sleep.
The most common type is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) which remains undiagnosed and untreated most of the times. Untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, arrhythmias , stroke, diabetes and obesity.
Insomnia and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Sleep disorders center of Connecticut is staffed by a board certified sleep psychologist. Dr. John Cline has several years of experience and a well known expert in treating every aspect of insomnia with a comprehensive approach including cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT) and actigraphy.
CPAP Acclimatization and Desensitization (PAP-NAP)
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices are used commonly to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is an accepted standard therapy for OSA but the compliance is normally very poor despite various methods used and tried. Education and mask acclimatization is very crucial intervention in helping patients be more compliant and receptive to therapy.
Our team of registered sleep technician(RPSGT) , sleep psychologist and sleep specialist works together to provide these services to our patients to help improve compliance. This has certainly helped our patients to accept and stick to their treatment plans on long term basis and minimize failure.
Our sleep specialists/registered technician will be on site to meet with you on a one-to-one basis and will perform the following if needed:
- Download of CPAP/BIPAP data
- Patient assessment by a clinician
- Dialogue focused on potential barriers to compliance
- If applicable, adjustment to CPAP or interfaces
- Filter changes
- Pressure checks
Home Sleep Testing (HST)
A home sleep test is a simple diagnostic procedure used by sleep specialist to find out a sleep disorder specifically Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The test is done by a portable-monitoring device which is small enough and easy to use at home. The entire procedure is painless and placement of sensors and belts are simple. The set-up will be explained and demonstrated to you by our experienced technician at our facility to ensure proper recording of your snoring, oxygen level and pulse etc. It is extremely important that your home sleep test is done accurately using a proper device following latest guidelines and by a facility which is accredited by American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).