Our Sleep Program
The Sleep Disorders Center at St. Anthony Hospital on the St. Anthony Medical Campus in Lakewood is directed by a board-certified sleep physician and offers:
- Sophisticated Sleep Studies - Also called a polysomnogram, a sleep study painlessly records brain waves, muscle and eye movements, breathing, snoring, oxygen saturation and heart rates and rhythm. These measurements are then analyzed and a detailed report given to the patient's doctor to develop a treatment plan.
- State-of-the-Art Facility - Sleep studies are conducted in private, beautifully decorated rooms very much like those of a comfortable hotel. Personalized care is provided by a highly trained technologist.
- Ongoing sleep apnea education and support - We offer a free CPAP (Constant Positive Airway Pressure) clinic and A.W.A.K.E, a sleep apnea support group. The CPAP clinic is held monthly. A.W.A.K.E. is open to those with sleep apnea and their families and each meeting offers a new topic, discussion and refreshments.
For further questions or to schedule a sleep study appointment, call 720-321-8000.
Conditions We Treat
Common Sleep Disorders Treated at the Sleep Disorder Center
- Insomnia - The inability to fall asleep or stay asleep and perhaps the most commonly reported sleep disorder.
- Narcolepsy - Those with narcolepsy experience excessive drowsiness during daytime hours and attacks of irresistible sleep at unexpected times.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OAS) - A condition in which a person has episodes of blocked breathing during sleep. This disorder is marked by loud, frequent snoring, often in conjunction with other symptoms, The person may experience pauses in breathing while sleeping, followed by gasps or a loud snore. Daytime sleepiness is also associated with sleep apnea.
- Parasomnias - Sleepwalking, night terrors and acting out dreams fall within this category.
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) and Periodic Limb Movements (PLM) -Involuntary leg or arm movements prior to and during sleep can disrupt sleep patterns and lead to daytime sleepiness.
Oral Appliance Services
Oral appliances may be an alternative to CPAP for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea who do not tolerate or refuse CPAP.
The oral appliance fits into the mouth during sleep like a mouth guard. It holds the jaw forward which prevents the collapse of the tongue and tissue in the back of the throat so the airway remains open and allows for better breathing and air intake, which can effectively reduce sleep apnea as well as reduce or eliminate snoring.
At the Sleep Disorder Center at St. Anthony Hospital, a sleep study will determine the severity of your sleep apnea and we can discuss whether an oral appliance may be an appropriate treatment option. We will assess your individual sleep disorder and provide a referral to dentist who specializes in sleep disorder dentistry for evaluation and fitting of the oral appliance.
To schedule an evaluation, contact the Sleep Disorder Center at 720-321-8000.
Some common oral appliances used for treatment of sleep apnea and snoring include:
Respire Blue Series - One of the latest oral appliances available for the treatment of sleep apnea. The appliance has been found by our dental partners to be very comfortable, secure and durable.
SomnoMed - The lease bulky of the oral appliances, the SomnoMed fits to the upper and lower teeth in two separate pieces allowing the patient to yawn, speak or drink with the appliance in.
Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAPIII) - This device is ideal for combining with CPAP for patients with severe sleep apnea who can tolerate the CPAP, but not the high pressure needed to fully open their airway. It is also the only applianace that allows for adjustment by the patient or doctor while in the mouth.
Photographs courtesy of R. Sam Callender, DDS, MS, MSD