Getting quality sleep or the rest you need is critical – not only to day-to-day functioning, but to your overall health as well. For those with a sleep disorder or condition, symptoms can range from falling asleep during the day, difficulty sleeping or falling asleep at night, restless legs, snoring and overall fatigue or exhaustion.
At SCENT, we’re here to help you reclaim your life by getting back your quality of sleep.
Since many sleep disorders are related to the ear, nose and throat, we are able to provide patients with a continuum of care throughout their treatment. Our in-house sleep specialists are ENT physicians with additional certification in sleep medicine.
Sleep studies are available for patients from two years and older. Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, our sleep labs provide a comfortable and relaxed home-like environment for patients so that we may pinpoint the exact cause of the sleep disorder. Once you are diagnosed, we may recommend any number of treatments or therapies including medication, CPAP therapy or an oral appliance.
One common study is the continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, titration study. This study is used to determine the right level of continuous positive airway pressure for a person who will then receive CPAP therapy at home.
CPAP therapy is commonly used for those who have sleep apnea, or other condition which prevents them from keeping their airways open while sleeping. A CPAP machine uses a mask to deliver pressurized air while the person sleeps. We provide CPAP supplies on site.
Oral appliances can be used for those who snore or snore loudly, have mild to moderate sleep apnea or cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. These appliances prevent the jaw and tongue from closing and blocking the airway.
For those who have exhausted other treatments such as CPAP, pillar implants may offer relief from snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. Small, polyester rods are surgically inserted into the palate. As the tissue around the implants heal, the normally soft palate stiffens so that airways stay open during sleep.
When your sleep disorder cannot be treated with medicine or other therapies, various surgical procedures may be used to provide relief.
The multiple sleep latency test, or MSLT, tests for excessive daytime sleepiness. Also known as a daytime nap study, the MSLT is used to diagnose such conditions as narcolepsy, in which a person experiences overwhelming drowsiness, and idiopathic hypersomnia, a condition in which people still feel excessively sleepy during the day, even after a regular night of sleep.
The Maintenance of Wakefulness Test, or MWT, is used to measure how alert you are during the day. It shows whether you are able to stay awake for a defined period of time. This test can help determine if a patient with a sleep disorder is responding well to treatment.