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Sleep Apnea: It is More Than the Snore!

By Jennifer D. James, RPSGT, RST, PHR Sleep Disorders Center of Overland Park Regional Medical Center –

Sleep ApneaSleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, and according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Institute of Medicine; lack of sleep is linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors. If you have trouble sleeping, you may need to consult a sleep specialist. When searching for a specialist, it is always important to check the certification and training of your physician, and to seek help from a sleep center that is accredited by a reputable healthcare organization.

Focusing on the Sleep Health of Patients
It has been fifteen years since the Sleep Disorders Center of Overland Park Regional Medical Center first became accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The field of Sleep Medicine has grown and developed since those early years. “The most significant change I have seen is the focus shift from the diagnosis of sleeping disorders to the SLEEP HEALTH of all of our patients. It is the dynamic caring and ability to treat disorders, other than sleep-related breathing, that has made the most difference,” says Michael W. Anderson, Ph.D. Dr. Anderson is a Neuro-Behavioral Psychologist, and the Clinical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Dr. Anderson is a Board Certified Sleep Specialist.

What is Sleep Apnea?
The most common sleeping disorder diagnosed in The Center is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Apnea literally means “absence of breath.” Patients present to their physician with common complaints such as snoring, sleep interruption, and daytime sleepiness. Oftentimes it is the bed partner who prompts the visit. Once a spouse has been relegated to the couch, instead of the bedroom, it is time to address the snoring. Snoring is a sign of obstruction in the airway. This, coupled with gasping and movement, interrupts the sleep cycle just long enough to prevent the patient from reaching deeper stages of sleep, thus the patient awakens feeling non-refreshed, or as though they have not slept.

Daytime sleepiness has many effects on an individual; everything from mood swings, memory loss, or even poor job performance. The impact of an untreated sleeping disorder not only affects the individual suffering from the disorder, but also the family. Many patients limit social engagements and rarely have enough energy to participate in activities, outside of work. Many patients will not go to a movie theatre as it is dark and quiet, and they are afraid they will fall asleep. Sleep apnea can be easily diagnosed and treated.

A Comprehensive Approach to Sleep Medicine
The Sleep Disorders Center at Overland Park Regional offers one of the most comprehensive approaches to sleep medicine in the country. John B. Nelson, M.D. is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician who is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine. His medical expertise is lung disease. Many patients suffering from a breathing related disease will have problems sleeping due to lung restriction. Dr. Nelson offers his medical expertise in diagnosing and treating complex sleep apnea patients.

The newest addition to the sleep center medical team is Kazi Syed, M.D. Dr. Syed is a Neurologist, also Board Certified in Sleep Medicine. His extensive study of the brain and the neurological consequences of sleeping disorders have added a new dimension to The Center. The ability to diagnose and manage patients with epilepsy and other neurological disorders falls into Dr. Syed’s scope of practice. Sleep was born of these two disciplines: the study of the brain and the study of the lungs. The Center offers prestigious physicians in both disciplines, along with the therapies offered by Dr. Michael Anderson, for the treatment of insomnia, or other behavioral components which may impact sleep, or daytime functioning.

Committed to Improving the Overall Health of Patients
The Sleep Disorders Center has just completed the AASM accreditation process for the fourth time, and this accreditation will carry The Center into the 20th anniversary of its inception. “We treat our patients more efficiently for a multitude of sleeping disorders as the industry has provided better ways to diagnose and treat sleeping disorders, including the Home Sleep Test to aid in the diagnoses of classic sleep apnea,” says Dr. Anderson. The Sleep Center will continue to serve as a community resource and offer proper diagnosis and long-term care of sleep disorders in order to improve the overall HEALTH of each patient.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call the Sleep Disorders Center at 913-390-7064.

Michael W. Anderson, Ph.D.
Michael W. Anderson, Ph.D. is a Neuro-Behavioral Psychologist and a Board Certified Sleep Specialist. He is the Clinical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

John B. Nelson, M.D.
John B. Nelson, M.D. is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician and is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine.

Kazi Syed, M.D.
Kazi Syed, M.D. is a Neurologist and is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine.

Sleep Disorders Center
11164 South Noble Drive, Suite 100
Olathe, KS 66061
913-390-7064

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