Our teams provide comprehensive treatment for sleep disorders including:
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
The current “gold standard” for the treatment of sleep apnea is use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This machine, used with a mask specifically selected by the patient, provides aire pressure that prevents the airway from closing and interrupting breathing. Many types and styles of masks are available, and our staff will work with the patient to determine which works best and is most comfortable for the patient. Consistent use of CPAP for the treatment of sleep apnea is important not only for better sleep, but to avoid more serious consequences of untreated sleep apnea such as:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
- Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
Everyone has a different experience when using CPAP for the first time. Some find that CPAP is comfortable and easy to use; others find it requires a period of adjustment. Emory Sleep Center is committed to ensuring you receive the education and support required to make your experience with CPAP as successful as possible. Our Center sleep specialists will determine if CPAP is an appropriate treatment method, or whether other treatment methods for sleep apnea should be considered.
A wide variety of medications are available to manage conditions such as narcolepsy, insomnia, and apneas. Our physicians will develop an individualized medication therapy plan for each patient.
Behavioral therapies treat the root causes of some sleep disorders. Depending on the type of disorder, recommended programs include:
- Weight loss
- A change in sleep habits
- An exercise regimen
Surgical Options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Potential candidates are patients that have tried positive airway pressure (PAP), as this is the first-line treatment for OSA. If you are not able to consistently use PAP therapy, we can look at other treatment options, including oral appliance and surgery. As a general rule, patients who are 1) obese and/or 2) have more severe sleep apnea will have fewer treatment options available to them. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 404-712-7533
The Emory Sleep Center serves as the primary sleep program for patients contemplating weight loss or bariatric surgery who need a sleep evaluation. In addition, the Emory Sleep Center frequently refers patients with sleep disorders for weight loss evaluation and management at the bariatrics program
Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
Our durable medical equipment program is in its third year at Executive Park 12. We provide Positive Airways Pressure (PAP) therapy to our patients with nongovernment sponsored insurance programs. There is an on-site respiratory therapist to perform initial PAP setups and mask fittings. In addition to offering a variety of PAP masks, we also provide cleaning equipment, such as SoClean, CPAP pillows and replacement parts for PAP machines. All DME services must have a doctor’s prescription.
The Emory Sleep Center works with a board-certified psychologist to provide behavioral therapies for chronic insomnia problems.
In its quest for comprehensive care, The Emory Sleep Center partners with dentists who provide bite plates for bruxism, as well as oral appliance for sleep apnea. An oral appliance works by gently pulling the jaw forward and can be adjusted over time for maximum effect. Dr. Jason Yu sees patients who have obstructive sleep apnea that cannot tolerate CPAP to determine possible surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Our patients have the option to see Dr. Meredith Greer for diagnoses of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea, Hypoventilation Syndromes, Muscular Dystrophies, and Diaphragm Paralysis.
Did you Know?
The Emory Clinic Sleep Center is one of the country's leading diagnosis and treatment centers for all forms of sleep disorders.