Sleep disorders don’t just happen to adults. Children are vulnerable to them as well and often require special attention. When you child needs a sleep study, it is important to choose a provider who understands the special needs of pediatric patients. If your child is referred for a pediatric sleep study, or polysomnogram, here is what you need to know.
Kids are often anxious about sleep studies, but you can reassure them by letting them know that sleep studies don’t involve needles and are painless. During the test, electrodes will be attached to your child to measure brain waves, muscle movement, eye movement, heart rate, and more. Sleep experts will also watch your child sleep to gather important diagnostic information.
At Sleep Dynamics, we’re experienced in pediatric sleep studies and can help both you and your child feel at ease. We are located in Neptune City NJ and serve Monmouth and Ocean counties. Call us today at (848) 217-0240 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes more than sleepless nights. When patients have sleep apnea, their airways close when they sleep, leaving them gasping for air. This cycle repeats over and over again—in some cases, hundreds of times—each night, leaving sufferers exhausted and with an increased risk of many different health conditions. Watch this video to learn more.
People who have sleep apnea have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer, and car accidents. Fortunately, treatments are available after the condition is properly diagnosed.
Sleep Dynamics offers maintenance of wakefulness tests and other diagnostic procedures for sleep disorders, as well as CPAP and oral appliance therapy. If you believe you could have apnea, please call (848) 217-0240.
Most people experience occasional difficulties with sleep, but people with sleep disorders have significant sleep disruptions that can affect their health and their everyday activities. If you believe you could have a sleep disorder, seeking a diagnosis is important. Treatments are available to help you get the rest you need every night for your health. Here is a closer look at some types of sleep disorders.
Narcolepsy is a chronic condition that causes severe daytime sleepiness that can lead to uncontrollable bouts of sleep. People with this condition become so excessively tired that they cannot stop themselves from falling asleep, no matter what they are doing. Typically, the episodes last for seconds or minutes, but in rare cases, they can last an hour or more. Narcolepsy can have several different causes and is usually diagnosed with a multiple sleep latency test. Although narcolepsy can’t be cured, there are treatments that can control the symptoms. Getting care is important, as uncontrolled narcolepsy can be dangerous. Without treatment, people with narcolepsy can fall asleep while driving, cooking, or doing another activity that puts them in danger.
Sleep apnea occurs when the airway in the throat closes while the sufferer is sleeping, thus causing him or her to stop breathing. People with sleep apnea then wake to gasp for air and fall back to sleep, only to repeat the cycle hundreds of times per night. Sleep apnea is diagnosed during a sleep study, and treatment options include CPAP and oral appliance therapy.
Insomnia is actually a symptom rather than a diagnosis, but it can indicate a number of different health issues and robs people of the rest they need. A vast number of conditions, both physical and psychological, can trigger insomnia. Treatments for insomnia may involve medications to encourage sleep as well as treatment of the underlying condition.
If you aren’t getting the sleep you need, Sleep Dynamics is here to help. We offer diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders serving Monmouth and Ocean counties in NJ for a wide range of conditions. To find out more, call (848) 217-0240.
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, your specialist may recommend either CPAP treatment or oral appliance therapy to treat your condition. The right treatment for you depends on a number of different factors, from the severity of your symptoms to your personal preference. Ultimately, the device that you will use consistently is the right choice for you, as untreated sleep apnea can be dangerous. Read on to take a closer look at how these two treatment options compare.
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. The CPAP device consists of a small machine, similar to an air compressor, a hose, and mask that fits either over the nose or over both the nose and mouth. The air forces the airways that close with sleep apnea open so that sufferers can breathe freely as they sleep. Although CPAP therapy is effective, some patients are non-compliant with their treatment plans. The CPAP mask can be uncomfortable for some people, and the noise created by the machine can be disruptive. Other people struggle with the fact that they cannot talk while wearing it. For other patients, however, CPAP therapy is a comfortable and effective way of managing sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Therapy
An oral appliance for sleep apnea looks like a mouth guard and works by pushing the jaw forward. Appliances are created by sleep dentists and custom-made to fit each patient. For patients who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy, oral appliance therapy can be a more comfortable solution, particularly for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliances don’t make noise and are easier to travel with than CPAP machines, since they can simply be stored in a small carrying case, similar to a retainer case.
If you have sleep apnea, let Sleep Dynamics help you find the right treatment option for you. We offer both CPAP treatment and oral appliance therapy to help patients get the sleep they need. To make an appointment, please call (848) 217-0240.