Millions of Americans do not enjoy a good, restful sleep due to sleep disorders. Using the latest technologies, the Sleep Study Lab at Cuero Regional Hospital identifies, evaluates and treats a large variety of sleep-related problems such as chronic insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea, irregular sleep patterns, narcolepsy and oxygenation problems.
Effective June 2020, Cuero Regional Hospital has launched in-home sleep studies, offering this critical test to be performed in the comfort of the patient’s home. “Cuero Regional Hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center has been an asset to the DeWitt Medical District and surrounding areas for over 20 years. In addition to the current monitored sleep studies conducted at Cuero Regional Hospital’s Sleep Center, we are proud to introduce our newest technology for in home sleep testing: a sleep study done in the comfort of your own home, with the same applications platform as our current in house Compumedics sleep lab system,” said Brenda Martin, RRT.
Martin shared that they are fortunate to be staffed with a highly qualified Registered Sleep Technologist, Darrell Deauzat, RRT, RSPGT, who has over 20 years of experience in cardiopulmonary and sleep testing. Martin said that all sleep studies conducted at Cuero Regional Hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center upon completion are read by Gustavo H. Sandigo, M.D., Board Certified in Family and Sleep Medicine.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition affecting more than 22 million Americans who suffer from lack of restorative sleep. There are several types of sleep apnea, but the most common is obstructive sleep apnea; breathing that repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. This type of apnea occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. Martin shared that typical symptoms of sleep apnea include heavy snoring, waking up gasping or choking, restless sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue, difficulty with concentration or memory, daytime headaches, among others.
“If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious health consequences such as high blood pressure, cardiac rhythm changes, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and many other ailments. If you are showing the symptoms shared above, I encourage you to schedule an appointment with your medical provider immediately and ask if a sleep test is right for you,” said Martin.
“Upon patient interview and verification of benefits, the patient will be scheduled for the best suited sleep study.Sleep studies provided at Cuero Regional Hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center include: overnight diagnostic sleep studies, CPAP / BIPAP titration studies, split night studies and home sleep studies. Let us help you get your best night of sleep and please reach out to us if you have questions,” said Martin.
Patients undergo a one or two night study conducted by registered polysomnographic technologists, who use computer-assisted recording and analysis along with observation to assess the patient's sleeping habits in a clean, relaxing, comfortable, bedroom setting, and new for 2020, we now offer in-home sleep studies. We work closely with physicians who have special training in sleep medicine. If the doctor diagnoses a sleep disorder based on the study, he or she will work with your family doctor to provide the best course of treatment to help make every night much more restful.
Ask your physician if a sleep study could benefit you! Call 361-275-0170 to learn more.