Sleep Apnea Center
Thousands of people suffer from a sleep disorder or are affected by someone who does. Good Samaritan's Department of Respiratory Care offers testing and treatment for sleep disorders at its Sleep Apnea Center, a Sleep Center of Excellence. The center is a full-service sleep disorders center accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Its physicians are board certified in sleep medicine and are capable of diagnosing and treating a wide range of disorders, including sleep-related breathing disorders (snoring and apnea), limb movement disorders, narcolepsy and insomnia.
Sleep apnea alone is estimated to affect more than 40 million people in the United States. Apnea refers to the cessation of breathing during sleep. Snoring is usually the first sign of apnea and occurs due to the vibration of excess tissue in the pharynx. Other signs of sleep apnea are nighttime gasping, choking and sweating, and can include chronic fatigue, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, fibromyalgia and difficulty losing weight. Sleep disorders impair the quality of sleep and lead to daytime sleepiness, moodiness and poor concentration, memory and physical performance. In addition, fragmented sleep and decreased oxygen levels associated with sleep apnea can lead to other medical problems involving increased risk to basic health. Over time, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure and increased risk for irregular heart rhythms, heart attack, stroke and metabolic disorders such as diabetes.
Good Samaritan’s Sleep Apnea Center offers evaluation for patients ages 16 and older. (See The Center for Pediatric Specialty Care link for patients less than 16 years old.) If needed, an overnight sleep study, or polysomnogram, can be performed in one of the center’s large, comfortable bedrooms. During the sleep study, electrodes are placed on different parts of the body to record and monitor parameters such as brain waves, heart rate and rhythm, eye movements, muscle tone, leg movements, respiration, sound vibrations, body position and blood oxygen levels. The Sleep Apnea Center offers the latest in treatment options to prevent long-term consequences of sleep disorders and improve overall quality of life.
If you think you are possibly suffering from sleep apnea, we invite you to take our online quiz to help you better understand your sleep difficulties. For further information or to schedule an appointment call (631) 376-4444.
Over the years, adverse incidents involving public transportation have been linked to sleep deprivation or sleep disorders. To address this issue, the MTA announced this week that it has expanded its screening and treatment to include Metro-North Rail Road and Long Island Rail Road conductors and train engineers for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, selecting four organizations to manage the testing. Catholic Health Services (CHS), in collaboration with United Sleep Diagnostics (USD), has been awarded the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) sleep apnea testing contract.