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Sleep Disorders

Comprehensive Treatment for Sleep Disorders

 Loud snoring. Constant fatigue. Strange leg sensations. Falling asleep suddenly during the day. Insomnia. These symptoms could indicate a sleep disorder.  

 Fortunately, the technologically advanced Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Garland Sleep Center can provide you with an accurate picture of your sleep and a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan for a variety of different sleep disorders.

Our Sleep Lab

  • Individual suites with a private bathroom, shower and wireless Internet
  • No set bed time/wake time – go to sleep and wake up when you normally do
  • Queen-size, adjustable Tempur-Pedic® mattresses
  • Test results reviewed by a physician who is a board-certified sleep specialist

The Baylor Scott & White – Garland Sleep Center can diagnose and treat:

  • Insomnia
  • Sleep apnea
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Periodic limb movement disorder
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep terrors
  • REM sleep behavioral disorders and more

The Sleep Center located at 700 Walter Reed. Blvd., Plaza 1, Suite 304 on the Baylor Scott & White – Garland campus, accepts patients by physician referral only. For more information on obtaining a referral, please call 1.844.BSW.DOCS (1.844.279.3627) or search our online directory. To reach the Sleep Center call 972.487.5143.

Diagnosing Sleep Disorders

Getting an accurate picture of a patient’s sleep behavior is vital to developing an effective course of treatment for a sleep disorder. That’s why the Baylor Scott & White – Garland Sleep Center is available to patients during their normal sleeping hours. We want our patients to go to sleep and wake up when they normally do.

Typically, patients will visit the Sleep Center for an initial overnight diagnostic study, then, based on test results, follow-up with another study.

The third visit to the Sleep Center is to meet with a board-certified sleep specialist on the Baylor Scott & White – Garland medical staff to develop a treatment plan.  

Initial Visit

During the first night’s stay, patients will undergo a diagnostic study called a polysomnography (PSG). A PSG is used to diagnose or rule out certain sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, REM behavior disorder and parasomnias.

The test involves attaching wire sensors to various parts of the body to measure a range of bodily functions, including breathing, heartbeat, eye movement and more. The data is monitored by a sleep technician throughout the night.

Once the study is complete, the director of the Sleep Center will call with the results, answer any questions and explain the next steps.

Follow-up Visit

If sleep apnea, a common condition, is diagnosed, patients will return to the Sleep Center for a second night’s stay. Before going to sleep, patients will be fitted with a continuous positive airway pressure mask (CPAP) to help regulate breathing.

The effects of the mask will be measured and should help improve your sleep.

If narcolepsy is suspected, your second visit will occur during the daytime. You will undergo a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT), which measures daytime sleepiness. During the study, wire sensors are placed on the head, face and chin to measure when you fall asleep and REM sleep.

Sleep Specialist Consultation

All patients, regardless of their sleep condition, will meet with a board-certified sleep specialist on the Baylor Scott & White – Garland medical staff. The specialist will review your test results with you and work with you to develop a personalized sleep treatment plan.

Treating Sleep Disorders

After a comprehensive sleep study, you will meet with a board-certified sleep specialist to develop an individualized treatment plan. Every patient’s treatment plan is tailored to their own unique needs and might include medication, surgery, lifestyle changes and/or a medical device.

Obstructive sleep apnea is often effectively treated with a continuous positive airway pressure mask (CPAP). A CPAP is comprised of a mask, a tube and a fan.

The device uses pressurized air to force the tongue forward, thereby opening up the throat, making breathing at night easier. While a CPAP doesn’t cure sleep apnea, it can reduce snoring and disturbances to quality sleep.

Surgery and dental devices also are sometimes used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Conditions such as narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome are frequently treated with prescription medications.

Lifestyle changes often recommended to help manage sleep disorders include:

  • Weight loss/change of diet
  • Quitting smoking
  • Exercise
  • Stress reduction
  • Changing sleep position

Common Sleep Disorders

Below are sleep disorders frequently diagnosed by the sleep specialists at the Baylor Scott & White – Garland Sleep Center.

  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Periodic Limb Movements
  • Narcolepsy

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