Several underlying conditions may hinder your ability to sleep throughout the night and affect your overall wellness. At Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine, we can get to the root of the issue and provide sleep disorder treatments that foster better rest. We proudly serve patients across Franklin Township and West Orange, as well as Somerset and Essex Counties, in New Jersey. Learn more about the sleep disorders treated at our state-of-the-art facility.
Types of Sleep Disorders
Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine’s Dr. Lawrence Davanzo, DO, FCCP, FAASM, our board-certified sleep specialist, has years of experience in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. Common sleep disorders we treat include the following:
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles relax during sleep, narrowing or fully blocking the airway. Signs and symptoms of this condition typically include snoring, dry mouth, daytime sleepiness, and sudden waking while gasping for air.
CSA is characterized by irregular breathing patterns during sleep that stem from the brain. This happens when the brain doesn’t tell the body to inhale, causing extended pauses in breath. Symptoms include frequent waking, early morning headaches, memory or mood issues, and daytime fatigue.
Circadian rhythm is the body’s 24-hour internal clock that fosters regular sleep and wake patterns. There are several types of CSDs, many of which stem from neurological causes.
While occasional restlessness is normal, insomnia is when this occurs regularly. Those with insomnia may have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or falling back asleep after waking too early.
A neurological disorder, narcolepsy is when the brain is unable to control times of sleep and wakefulness. Those with narcolepsy may experience daytime fatigue, even after feeling rested in the morning, and may also fall asleep involuntarily during the day.
Parasomnias are disruptive sleep disorders that can present several ways. Some of which include nightmares, sleep paralysis, and sleepwalking. Other issues may include sleep aggression and REM sleep behavior disorders.
RLS causes discomfort in the legs. While these sensations, may be alleviated through movement, they can make getting a restful night’s sleep challenging.
Sleep disorders do more than affect your rest — they may also contribute to cardiovascular disease and stroke. Being evaluated by our experienced team is the first step towards better overall health.
Sleep Disorder Testing and Treatment
To diagnose a sleep disorder, a sleep study is performed. Patients may be tested from the comfort of their own home or in our fully equipped sleep lab, which is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). A sleep study can provide a wealth of data to our team. As machines monitor patient eye and leg movements, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood oxygen levels, they help determine which parts of the sleep cycle indicate an issue and inform the next steps moving forward.
Treatments for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders vary depending on the condition and the patient. Treatment options may include:
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy
- Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) therapy
- Mandibular advancement devices
- Respiratory therapy care
After a full evaluation, our team discusses possible treatment options that are in the best interest of each individual patient. We also offer several resources our patients can reference for more information.
Schedule a Sleep Disorder Consultation
If you or a loved one could be suffering from a sleep disorder, seek experienced medical care at Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine. Serving patients in Franklin Township and West Orange, as well as Somerset and Essex Counties, NJ, we are fully staffed and equipped to help patients find lasting relief. Contact us for sleep disorder treatment today.