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Sleep disorders

Sleep disorders refer to changes in sleep patterns that can affect the amount, timing and quality of sleep you receive. They can also be related to mental health issues. Common sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

Sleep medicine services in Houston

Quality sleep is essential to your overall health. We work to help you sleep as long as you need, where and when you need to.

At HCA Houston Healthcare, the dedicated sleep medicine physicians across our seven area sleep centers have received specialized training in sleep medicine and are committed to providing the highest quality care for both adults and children.

Our sleep disorder services

Consistent lack of sleep can lead to sleep deprivation, which can greatly impact your daily life. We work to diagnose whatever you may be experiencing so that a personalized treatment plan can be designed.

Diagnostic tests for sleep disorders

Our sleep medicine specialists offer a variety of diagnostic tests and studies to analyze your sleep patterns and determine the best treatment for you. Some of these include:

  • Maintenance of wakefulness test — This examines how alert you are during the day and shows whether you can stay awake for a defined period of time. The test is an indicator of how well you can function and remain alert in quiet times of inactivity.
  • Multiple sleep latency test This is used to evaluate excessive daytime sleepiness by measuring how quickly you fall asleep in a quiet environment during the day.
  • Polysomnography (PSG) — This is a sleep study that measures your sleep cycles and stages by tracking your breathing, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, eye and leg movements, brain activity and body positioning.
  • Sleep studies — In-lab sleep studies involve monitoring your movements, brain activity, oxygen levels and other behaviors as you sleep for one to two nights at one of our sleep clinics. Sleep studies provide your physician with a comprehensive evaluation of your sleep and they are an effective way to properly diagnose your sleep disorder. Sometimes, an at-home sleep study can be done from the comfort of your own home.

Treatments we provide

After your evaluation, your sleep medicine physician will receive a report, which will help determine the best treatment for your unique situation. We offer a variety of treatments, including:

  • Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPap) — This machine has two different pressures: a higher pressure when breathing in and a lower pressure when breathing out.
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) — This is a common treatment for sleep apnea. A CPAP machine delivers air pressure through a mask to prevent apnea and snoring.
  • Medication — Medication can be used to help combat issues, such as insomnia. Whether medication is used depends on your personal condition, treatment goals and past experiences with other forms of treatment.
  • Oral appliances — Depending on the type and severity of your condition, an oral appliance may be recommended to help prevent your tongue from blocking the throat so your airway can remain open during sleep.
  • Surgery — This may be an option, but typically it is only used if all other treatments have failed.

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