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Medical Director: John M. Buday, MD
Sleep disorders are at best, only life disrupting, and at worst, life-threatening.
In northeastern Michigan alone, thousands of people suffer with a sleep disorder of one form or another. Some have severe snoring with airway obstruction and irregular breathing; some can’t get enough sleep, and some can’t seem to stop falling asleep. These disorders impair the ability to function normally while awake and can seriously endanger health. Take this one minute sleep quiz to see how you are doing.
The McLaren Bay Region Sleep Center is one of few programs accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). This accreditation assures you that only the most highly trained professionals are conducting and interpreting your sleep study.
The McLaren Bay Region Sleep Center provides:
- Comprehensive sleep evaluation services using the latest technology
- A comfortable, home-like setting which allows for a typical sleep period
- A detailed report to your family physician with treatment recommendations, if needed.
Any physical or psychological condition that interferes with normal sleep can be considered a sleep disorder. One of the most common problems is SLEEP APNEA SYNDROME, the repeated, periodic cessation of breathing during sleep, usually due to airway obstruction. Apnea sufferers may have excessive or unusually loud snoring, and may still feel sleepy after what should have been a full night’s rest. They are unaware that their sleep has been disrupted by many partial awakenings, in a struggle for air, after breathing interruptions of a minute or longer. Often those with sleep apnea are overweight, and have other symptoms that will help specialists reach a diagnosis.
A less common sleep disorder is NARCOLEPSY. Narcolepsy patients may experience sudden muscle weakness associated with an emotional change, such as laughter, excitement, or fear. Still other sleep problems can be related to the use of drugs or alcohol, rapid time zone changes, shift changes at work, or even poor sleep hygiene.
After a sleep history and medical profile are recorded, patients come to the Sleep Disorders Center for a painless study called a POLYSOMNOGRAM. This test is conducted to gather information about the patient’s sleep pattern. Several sensors are attached to the head, chest, and other areas of the body, and the patient is allowed to sleep in a comfortable bedroom. During sleep, the equipment records brain and muscle activity, respiration, heart activity, and eye movement. Later, a Board Certified Sleep Specialist interprets the recordings.
Treatment for various sleep disorders can range from counseling to surgery. Some apnea patients can benefit from a special nasal mask that provides Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Others may benefit from medication to help improve muscle tone, or surgery to correct obstructions that cause or contribute to apnea. Other types of sleep disorders may be treated with diet changes, weight loss, or psychological counseling. The Sleep Disorders Center staff will provide the appropriate treatment and/or referrals for post-diagnosis care.
Most insurances will pay for sleep studies, but companies vary in their reimbursement policies. It is recommended that you consult with your insurance company.
The Sleep Disorders Center at Bay Medical Center provides analysis, diagnosis, and treatment of sleep disorders and related conditions. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Apnea/Snoring/Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders
- Sleepwalking, Sleeptalking
- Sleep Terror
- Sleep-Related Epilepsy
- Periodic Limb Movements/Restless Legs
- Bedwetting (enuresis)
- Sleep-Related Headaches
Board Certified Sleep Specialist
Registered Polysommographic Technologists
Registered Respiratory Therapists
McLaren Bay Region Sleep Center accreditation is noted on the American Academy of Sleep Medicine website.
1460 W. Center Rd., Suite 2
Essexville, MI 48732
(989) 895-4820 (fax)