Alliance Sleep Center
Many of us suffer from the effects of poor sleep. With a comprehensive sleep program, we have expertise in sleep disorder diagnosis and sleep disorder treatment, including treatments for sleep apnea.
The Sleep Center is committed to providing the highest quality of patient care in the field of sleep medicine. If you are suffering from poor sleep, Alliance can provide you with the sleep disorder treatment you need.
In some cases, patients may appear to only suffer from snoring, when in reality they have obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep studies are one way to determine if this is the case for a patient. Traditionally, most sleep studies were conducted at specialized sleep centers where patients would stay and sleep overnight to provide doctors with information about the patient’s sleep problems. These facilities continue to be very useful for doctors but are often inconvenient and can sometimes be less cost effective for their patients.
As part of our commitment to our patients, Alliance offers home sleep studies as an alternative. For home sleep studies, patients can sleep at their own homes in their own beds and wear a specialized piece of equipment to gather valuable data our doctors can use to diagnose their condition.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, is a commonly prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and some snoring conditions. When people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea are asleep, breathing can cause their airway to collapse, blocking oxygen from reaching the lungs and lowering the amount of oxygen in their blood. CPAP machines remedy this condition. A CPAP mask is placed over the sleeper’s mouth and/or nose and delivers a stream of compressed air to keep the airways unblocked.
If a CPAP machine has been prescribed to treat your obstructive sleep apnea, Alliance may be able to assist you. Contact Alliance today at 414-727-0910 to schedule an appointment to discuss your options with one of our talented and compassionate doctors.
We offer a number of FDA approved treatments that can act as a replacement for CPAP machines or help reduce your need for your CPAP machines. Alliance has been involved with the mutli-discipline treatment of sleep disorders and obstructive sleep apnea since 2006. We work closely with sleep dentists who are trained to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea with mandibular advancement devices (oral appliances).
In certain situations, a behavioral specialist or sleep psychologist can play an integral role in helping patients acclimate to CPAP or treat other types of sleep disorders. Alliance has an independent sleep psychologist on their team of sleep specialists.
For patients that are unable to tolerate or if they are not appropriate candidates for non-invasive treatment of their sleep disorder, Alliance offers traditional minimally invasive and other surgical options for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
As you age, tissues in your body begin to sag and lose their firmness, including tissues at the back of your throat. When you sleep, breathing can cause these tissues to vibrate, causing snoring. These sagging tissues can also restrict your upper airway, causing obstructive sleep apnea. The Pillar Procedure is a clinically proved, FDA approved solution that can help reduce snoring and alleviate mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
After local anesthesia has been administered, the doctor will insert small woven implants into the soft palate at the back of the patient’s throat. Over time the implants will become integrated into the tissue of the soft palate and help stiffen it, reducing the vibrations that cause snoring, as well as reducing tissue collapse that contributes to obstructive sleep apnea. The procedure can be completed in around 20 minutes and does not require invasive surgical techniques or removal of any tissues from the patient, so recovery time is minimal.
You should consult your doctor at Alliance if you think the Pillar Procedure might be the right choice for your snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. Call us today at 414-727-0910 to learn if you could be a candidate for the Pillar Procedure.