Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder caused by the t hroat intermittently collapsing during sleep, resulting in:
This disorder, often associated with loud nightly snoring, has been linked to higher rates of:
The UPMC Sleep Medicine Center offers patient-centered care for the best sleep possible.
Our doctors, leaders in the field of sleep medicine, are dedicated to providing the highest level of care possible and helping diagnose and treat a full spectrum of sleep disturbances and disorders, including sleep apnea.
To determine the best route for treatment, UPMC sleep medicine specialists will:
After completing an initial evaluation, we may recommend an overnight sleep study.
A sleep technician will apply sensors to your chest, abdomen, face, scalp, and legs. These sensors monitor brain waves to determine your stage of sleep.
While you sleep, the sensors also detect:
An audio-visual camera will monitor your body movements and position, and any snoring.
If necessary, evaluations may be performed in the home with monitors that measure breathing and oxygen levels alone, or movement as an indicator of wake versus sleep with a device worn on the wrist.
Learn more about preparing for a sleep study at the UPMC Sleep Medicine Center.
After your initial consultation, UPMC sleep medicine specialists will work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Treatment options for sleep apnea may include:
Once laboratory testing has been performed, our specialists will review your diagnosis and treatment with you.
Successful management of sleep apnea may require ongoing care by a sleep specialist.