Helping you achieve restful nights— and more energetic days.
When it comes to caring for your sleep, Middlesex Health is leading the way. We take a comprehensive approach to meeting our community's sleep health needs by providing evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for adults and adolescents over the age of 12 who have problems with sleeping and/or waking.
Signs and symptoms of sleep disorders include excessive daytime sleepiness, irregular breathing or increased movement during sleep, difficulty sleeping, difficulty waking, restless legs and abnormal sleep behavior.
Common Sleep Disorders
There are about 80 types of sleeping and waking disorders, or conditions that disturb normal sleep patterns. The most common include:
- Insomnia: A condition that makes it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep and/or sleep through the night
- Narcolepsy: A condition characterized by extreme sleepiness during the day and suddenly falling asleep
- Restless legs syndrome: An urgent feeling of needing to move your legs due to discomfort
- Sleep apnea: Repeated starting/stopping of breathing while you are sleeping
Connecticut's Leader In The Treatment Of Sleep Apnea
We are proud to be Connecticut's leader in the treatment of sleep apnea. We are the first in the state to offer several cutting-edge programs, including:
Nonsurgical Treatments For Sleep Apnea
Some conditions, such as sleep apnea, can be treated using dental devices. These devices are worn at night and fit in the mouth, much like a mouth guard.
Over time, the dental device pulls your lower jaw forward, which prevents tissue from blocking your airway.
This treatment does not suit everyone and should be discussed with a sleep medicine physician or a dentist who has been certified by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. Through a mask, a device will deliver a flow of air to create pressure in the back of your throat and mouth. This holds open the soft tissues that are falling back and closing your airway.
PAP can be extremely beneficial to your future health and is a treatment option that does not require surgery. Those who wear the PAP mask on a regular basis will notice a large difference in their daytime performance.
Some people have sleep apnea only when they lay on their backs. This type of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be treated with a simple wedge or belt that will keep you from turning onto your back while sleeping.
Provent® is an EPAP (Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure) device that fits onto the end of your nose. The pressure caused by your own breath keeps your airway open.
This option is intended for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
The Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
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