Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine Associates

Riverdale Office: 770-996-6699

Stockbridge Office: 770-506-0434
Stockbridge Sleep Center: 770-515-2044

Fayetteville Office: 770-692-9501
Fayetteville Sleep Center: 770-692-9501

Sleep FAQs

What is a Sleep Study?

A sleep study is a test which monitors and charts brain waves, heart rhythm, and breathing as the patient sleeps. It also records eye and leg movements as well as muscle tension. Sensors are placed on the head, face, chest, and legs which send electrical signals to a computer where the sleep activity is recorded. The recording is then interpreted by a Board Certified Sleep Medicine specialist. Sleep disorders are debilitating and often life-threatening conditions. Some of the common sleep disorders are outlined below.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when you regularly stop breathing (apnea) or experience shallow breathing (hypopnea) for 10 seconds or longer during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when a blockage or narrowing of the airways is present. Often throat muscles and the tongue relax during sleep and partially block the airway. Bone deformities, enlarged tonsils and obesity can cause OSA.

What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that causes overwhelming urges to sleep. Episodes may cause involuntary sleep while working, talking, eating, or driving or cause sudden loss of voluntary muscle tone.

What are the Risks?

If you have a sleep disorder in addition to excessive sleepiness and fatigue, you may be at risk for high blood pressure, heart failure, high blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension), irregular heart rhythms, coronary artery disease, and stroke or auto accidents.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, C-PAP, is a noninvasive therapy commonly used to treat sleep apnea. Other treatments may include life style changes, medications, or surgery.

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Three Convenient South Atlanta Offices

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Associates serves patients in the Southern Crescent of metro Atlanta. Patients are able to see our physicians in one of our three convenient office locations serving Fayette, Henry, Spalding, and Clayton counties.