Sleep medicine doctors at Allegheny Health Network (AHN) deliver effective care, including a broad range of treatments. Our services help you get restful sleep while preserving your well-being.
If you have sleep apnea, the muscles in your throat relax too much during sleep, blocking the flow of oxygen. You may snore, snort, or gag to re-open the airway. But your heart then needs to work harder to “catch up” to send enough oxygen to the rest of your body. This process may happen repeatedly throughout the night.
Sleep apnea episodes may not wake you up, but they prevent you from getting restful sleep. And over time, the strain on your heart could lead to problems, such as an abnormal heart rhythm or stroke. If you already have health problems, like high blood pressure, sleep apnea can make them worse.
If you think you have sleep apnea or your bed partner notices you are snoring loudly, come see the sleep specialists at AHN. Our Center for Sleep Medicine offers sleep studies and physicians who provide personalized treatment recommendations.
Other highlights of our program include:
Sleep apnea treatment often includes sleeping with a machine that provides a steady air supply through a mask. There are two types:
People are often nervous about using a CPAP or BiPAP. We make this process easier with one-on-one support from a respiratory therapist. Our therapist shows you how to use the machine and answers any questions you have.
We then stay in touch with you by phone and through follow-up appointments to address challenges you may be facing with your CPAP or BiPAP. For example, we may adjust the mask for a more comfortable fit. This additional support helps many people make a habit of using their machine and allows for the best possible results.
We offer other sleep apnea treatments, including: