Do you snore or have a difficult time staying awake during the day?
A Broward Health Sleep Disorders Center can help! We offer sleep testing (polysomnography), Home Sleep Studies, CPAP education, and comprehensive treatment plans. Our Sleep Disorders Centers are conveniently located at Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Coral Springs. Our experts are trained in identifying and treating sleep disorders. At Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Coral Springs, we also evaluate, diagnose and treat sleep disorders in children.
Sleep Disorders may range from a variety of problems such as:
- Breathing problems: Sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing becomes shallow or stops while you sleep. It is usually associated with loud snoring and daytime sleepiness. If left untreated, sleep apnea may cause heart disease, obesity, stroke, and increased mortality.
- Neurological problems: Narcolepsy, a condition that causes sudden uncontrollable sleepiness, vivid dreaming, "sleep attacks," a loss of muscle control and sometime hallucinations.
- Insomnia: The inability to initiate and or maintain sleep. Often, this may be due to emotional or situational circumstances. If it lasts more than a few weeks, you may have a more serious problem.
These are some of the most common problems associated with 84 of the known sleeping disorders.
Symptoms of a sleep disorder may include:
- daytime sleepiness
- drowsiness while driving
- difficulty concentrating
- morning headache
With new state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and computer monitoring equipment, the center is staffed by physicians specializing in sleep medicine and registered polysomnographic technologists who are highly trained in identifying and treating sleep disorders.
Polysomnography, or sleep study monitoring, records various physiological responses during sleep, such as brain activity, muscle movements, eye movements, breathing ability, cardiac monitoring and oxygen levels in the blood.
In order to accommodate our patients, Broward Health now offers Home Sleep Studies. Now that insurance companies are requesting patients to be screened and tested at home, we can now diagnose you at home if obstructive sleep apnea is your only issue. Treatment of Sleep Apnea should not be a stressful process; we have listened to your needs and are ready to work hard to make it easier for both the physician and the patient.
Our Sleep Disorders Centers also provides PAP Naps. If you presently use CPAP and have issues with your mask, or if you cannot tolerate CPAP, we can work with you, provide education and increase your compliance with CPAP and overall health. We see patients daily in our sleep center and can perform both day and night time studies.
Once the diagnosis is made, the Center provides a full range of treatment options. If a patient is diagnosed with sleep apnea and requires continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or bi-level airway pressure (BIPAP), training and support is available through the Sleep Disorders Center.
The Sleep Disorders Centers at Broward Health Medical Center, and Broward Health Coral Springs can help you diagnose and treat any sleep disorder issues.
Broward Health North is the first hospital in the Broward Health system to utilize Inspire® Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS), the only FDA-approved implantable device to combat obstructive sleep apnea. Inspire UAS is a less intrusive, more comfortable solution to obstructive sleep apnea. Implanted in the body as an outpatient procedure, the small device is activated following a 30-day healing period. Working inside the body with a patient's natural breathing process, Inspire can combat certain types of obstructive sleep apnea, particularly in cases where a loss of muscle tone causes the tongue to fall back in the mouth.
Based on a patient's unique breathing patterns, Inspire delivers a mild stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve, which controls tongue movement and prevents the tongue from blocking the airway. By stimulating these muscles, the airway remains open during sleep.
Inspire is controlled by the patient using a small, handheld Inspire sleep remote that is turned on before bedtime and turned off in the morning. Additionally, the patient can pause therapy during the night, if needed, and increase or decrease therapy settings.
Most patients can resume non-strenuous activities within a few days after the short procedure and may experience an improved quality of life and daytime functioning.
Scheduling an Appointment
If you are concerned about your sleep or if your bed partner has made comments to you about snoring or other sleep related problems, consult your physician or a sleep specialist for a referral to the Sleep Disorders Center.
For more information about Broward Health Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center please contact us at 954-355-5532 if you have any questions.
For more information about Broward Health Coral Springs Sleep Disorders Center please contact us at 954-344-7431 if you have any questions.
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Salah Foundation Children's Hospital at Broward Health Medical Center & Broward Health Coral Springs
1600 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316