One-third of all U.S. adults usually don’t get enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lack of sleep can lead to many serious medical problems, including:
If you’re not getting the rest you need every night, you might have a sleep disorder. The experts at the Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Sleep Disorders Center can evaluate, diagnose and treat your sleep disorder. We also operate a nationally accredited program to train doctors in sleep medicine, and we conduct research to learn more about sleep disorders.
Our doctors diagnose and treat a wide range of sleep disorders, including:
We’ll perform a number of tests to help us accurately diagnose your sleep disorder, including blood tests, an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) to screen for heart issues and an MRI scan to rule out any conditions of the brain.
The main test for diagnosing sleep disorders is the sleep study (PSG or polysomnogram). During an overnight sleep study, a sleep technician will monitor you as you sleep, and an automated sleep system will record activity in your brain and body to help us determine what might be causing your sleep issues.
Sometimes we may perform a number of other tests to help us accurately diagnose your sleep disorder, including blood tests, an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) to screen for heart issues and an MRI scan to rule out any conditions of the brain.
Once we’ve diagnosed your sleep disorder, you and your doctor will work together on a treatment plan personalized for you and your unique needs. This might include wearing a mask connected to a positive airway pressure (PAP) machine while you sleep to help you breathe better.
Contact us for more information about our sleep medicine care or to arrange a consultation.
Inspire® Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) is the only FDA-approved implantable treatment for people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
You may be a good candidate for Inspire Therapy if you have moderate-to-severe OSA and are unable to use or get consistent benefit from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Our doctors will evaluate your overall health status and perform a physical examination of your airway to determine if Inspire therapy might be a suitable CPAP alternative for you.
Inspire delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, allowing the airway to open during sleep. You simply turn Inspire on with a handheld remote before bed.
Throughout the night the device continually monitors your breathing patterns, issuing stimulation as needed. When you wake up, you use the remote to turn off the therapy.
Additionally, you can use the remote to pause therapy during the night if needed and increase/decrease therapy settings.
You may be a candidate for Inspire if
Your doctor will also evaluate your overall health status and perform a physical exam of your airway to determine if Inspire therapy might be a suitable alternative for you. Learn more about Inspire.