Sleep Medicine and Research Center
Sleep Disorder Treatment Options
After an initial evaluation and sleep disorder diagnosis, there are several treatment options available to you. Physicians at St. Luke's Sleep Medicine and Research Center make treatment recommendations based on your medical history, sleep complaints and symptoms as well as sleep study results.
After a sleep disorder is diagnosed, there may be several treatment options available to you. Physicians at St. Luke's Sleep Medicine and Research Center make treatment recommendations based on your medical history, sleep complaints and symptoms as well as sleep study results.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
- For most people, CPAP therapy is the most effective way to treat sleep apnea. CPAP works by blowing a steady stream of air into the nose through a mask, preventing pauses in breathing during sleep. The team at the Sleep Medicine and Research Center provides ongoing follow-up and support to maximize compliance and successful treatment. One-on-one CPAP acclimation office visits are also available when necessary.
Alternate Treatment Options
- PROVENT Therapy is one of the newest alternatives for people who are unable to use the standard CPAP treatment. St. Luke's Sleep Medicine and Research Center was the first in St. Louis to conduct research with PROVENT and to use it in clinical care for patients. PROVENT may not work for everyone. Based on your symptoms and test results, our sleep specialists can help you decide whether it is the best sleep apnea treatment option for you.
Some patients may wish to pursue other treatment options for snoring and sleep apnea, including:
In some cases, simply avoiding sleeping on the back may relieve symptoms. Weight loss may also reduce the severity of sleep apnea. Your sleep specialist at the Sleep Medicine and Research Center will refer you to a qualified specialist for alternate treatment options as appropriate.
- Surgery to adjust bone structures or reduce or eliminate the excess tissues in the throat that cause pauses in breathing during sleep.
- Dental devices that prevent the tongue from falling backward and move the lower jaw forward.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Some sleep disorders may improve with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a safe and effective way to treat sleep disorders such as insomnia or circadian rhythm disturbances. CBT can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with medications or other therapies.
- Certain sleep disorders, such as insomnia, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movements, narcolepsy and REM behavior disorder may require the use of medication to help relieve symptoms. Your sleep specialist will help determine which medications may be right for you.