Treating sleep apnea, insomnia and other disruptive sleep conditions
Do you have problems falling asleep or waking up?
Do you rely on caffeine and short naps to get through the day?
Are you always tired, or do you feel run down or depressed?
If you answered yes, you may be one of the nearly 40 million Americans who have a sleep disorder. Sleep problems were once believed to be simply a fact of life. But advances in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine have changed the way people sleep — and live.
SLUCare Physicians Get to the Source of Your Sleep Problems
SLUCare physicians from Saint Louis University's Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and the Department of Neurology & Psychiatry have collaborated to create a one-of-a-kind Sleep Disorders Center in St. Louis, Mo. This state-of-the-art center diagnoses and treats sleep problems such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and circadian rhythm disorder, which affects shift workers who frequently change work hours.
SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center physicians are fellowship-trained and board-certified in sleep medicine. The center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) -- the gold standard by which the medical community and the public can evaluate sleep medicine services.
Led by SLUCare pulmonologist Joseph R. Espiritu, M.D., FAASM, and SLUCare neurologist Raman Malhotra, M.D., the Sleep Disorders Center takes a personalized approach to pinpointing sleep apnea and other disorders. In our Insomnia Clinic, led by Fouad Reda, MD, patients get the latest treatment options, including behavioral therapies and strategies for getting a peaceful night's sleep without medication. In our CPAP Adherence Clinic, Dr. Patricia Dettenmeier uses the latest research and equipment to help patients become comfortable using CPAP machine at night to breathe easier during sleep.
In addition, the Sleep Disorders Center serves as a training site for other physicians and medical students to learn about this very important specialty.
What Happens at the SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center?
When you come for a sleep study, you'll enjoy a comfortable environment, complete with a Sleep Number Bed, digital cable and self-controlled air conditioning. Our rooms provide optimal sleeping conditions, so it's possible for our team of specialists to determine the cause of your sleep troubles.
While you sleep, doctors will monitor your eye movement, muscle activity, heart rate, respiratory effort, airflow, and blood oxygen levels. This test is used both to diagnose sleep apnea and to determine its severity. The Sleep Disorders Center also has specialized equipment and the expertise for diagnosing seizures or other abnormal behaviors at night.
SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center
3545 Lafayette Ave., Suite 1100
St. Louis, MO 63104
For more information or to schedule a sleep evaluation or referral, please contact the SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center at (314) 97-SLEEP.