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Treatments & Capabilities

The skilled staff at the UM Health-West Sleep Disorders Center has expertise to treat a wide range of conditions.

Some conditions treated

  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • The inability to get to or maintain your sleep

Strategies for treating sleep apnea

Sleep apnea, the stoppage of breathing during sleep, is a potentially dangerous condition that affects millions of Americans. Treatments differ for the two types of sleep apnea, obstructive (the collapse of the airway) and central (an interruption of the signal from the brain to the diaphragm).

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Treatment

The recommended treatment for OSA is a Continuous Positive Airway (CPAP) machine. The machine delivers a constant flow of air through tubing to a mask worn while a patient sleeps.

For those whom CPAP is not successful, UM Health-West offers a new device that provides upper airway stimulation. This device is implanted through a minimally invasive procedure. When turned on with a remote, the device opens the patient’s airway using a gentle pulse.

Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) Treatment

For this condition, UM Health-West offers a minimally invasive procedure to implant a wire that stimulates a nerve to send a signal to the diaphragm to take a breath. Internal sensors in the device monitor the time of day, the patient’s breathing and what position they’re in to know when it should activate.

To see if you are a candidate for either device, schedule an appointment with your sleep medicine physician today at 616.252.7264.