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The Sleep Center is located on the 3rd floor of South Central Regional Medical Center.
Our mission is to provide excellent care in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep related medical disorders. The Sleep Center staff provide evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea - A Serious Medical Condition
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious medical condition that can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, migraine headaches, and mood swings. It can even cause impotence in men. The condition can also cause motor vehicle accidents, work related accidents, impaired school and work performance, marital problems, memory and concentration difficulties, depression and impaired quality of life caused by lack of quality sleep.
The South Central Sleep Center has helped thousands of sleep apnea patients over the years. John Wallace, M.D., a local pulmonologist who is board certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, sees numerous patients annually that have the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. He said, "Apnea simply means 'without breath.' People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for as much as 10 seconds to longer than a minute, which adversely effects their quality of sleep." Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by the closing of the upper airway while asleep. The soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses, then the tongue falls backwards forming a blockage, preventing air from entering the lungs. In order to breathe, the person must arouse or awaken so that air can pass to the lungs.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is very common and impacts more than twelve million Americans annually, according to the National Institutes of Health. Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty, but sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age. Yet, the majority of apnea patients remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated.
The sleep professionals at the South Central Sleep Center are experts in the field of sleep medicine and they take their jobs very seriously. "Many people that have this condition do not even know they have it. They feel sluggish and tired most of the time. It is important to know that help is available," Dr. Wallace concluded.
If you have the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, call the South Central Sleep Center today at 601.426.4530.