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Sleep Disorders Center

  • Advanced sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment
  • Comfortable, home-like setting
  • Sleep Apnea, Snoring
  • Sleep-wake cycle disturbances
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Parasomnias, Narcolepsy


Mask acclimation is available Monday through Friday for patients experiencing difficulty with mask comfort.

Overview

The Sleep Disorders Center provides comprehensive, individualized evaluation and testing for the diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders related to sleep.

The Sleep Disorders Center is in operation 24 hours a day, Monday through Saturday. Self-referrals are accepted, but most patients are referred by physicians, usually pulmonary or ear, nose and throat specialists.

Patients undergo sleep testing in one of two specially designed bedrooms in the Center. The bedrooms are accessible to the physically challenged and are comfortably equipped with overhead television sets and reading lamps, to help simulate a homelike environment. Except for special circumstances, all testing is performed at night.

Brian Margolis, MD, who is board-certified in sleep medicine, leads a team of physicians and technical staff in the diagnosis and treatment of various sleep disorders. All testing in the Sleep Disorders Center is interpreted by a Board Certified Sleep Specialist.

Key Indicators of Sleep Apnea

  • Bed partner witnesses and reports the cessation of breathing
  • History of snoring • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS)
  • High blood pressure
  • 17-inch or greater neck circumference

Individuals who snore loudly every night should be suspected of having sleep apnea, especially if they experience sleepiness during the day. Snoring, which is interrupted by pauses, then gasps, indicates that the sleeper's breathing stops and restarts. Sleep apnea leads not only to daytime sleepiness but also can trigger high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and morning headaches. Daytime sleepiness can interfere with concentration at work or school, and can make driving dangerous.

Sleep accounts for one-third of our lives. Good sleep is a critical component of a healthy, productive life. If sleep complaints are troubling you or someone you know, contact St. Catherine’s Sleep Disorders Center. Call (631) 870-3444.