According to recent estimates, millions of Americans suffer from one or more types of sleep disorder, ranging from difficulty with falling asleep and/or staying asleep to excessive daytime drowsiness. Most people are not aware that these disorders can create or aggravate serious medical problems, affect one’s productivity, and generally depress one’s outlook on and quality of life.
South Carolina Sleep Medicine (SCSM) responds to the needs of patients with sleep disorders, their families and their physicians.
SCSM has state-of-the-art medical equipment, along with a specially trained and qualified staff, available to assist in the proper diagnosis and treatment of assorted sleep disorders.
SCSM uses a multidisciplinary approach, along with the referring physician, to treat and improve the quality of both sleeping and waking hours.
As part of the sleep disorder evaluation, the individual undergoes a sleep consultation with one of our Doctors and a sleep study (Polysomnography) in which a Polysomnographic technologist monitors the individual through the entire sleep period. The patient sleeps in a home-like bedroom setting while the technologist monitors the patient from an adjacent room.
Set-up involves the placement of various painless electrodes on the surface of the patient’s scalp, face, chest and lower leg to monitor brain waves, eye movements, respiration heart rate and muscle activity. There are no injections, drugs or x-rays associated with this procedure.
Treatments for sleep disorders can range from airway pressure appliances, medication, lifestyle changes, weight loss, ENT surgery and laser therapy, dental appliances, light therapy and internal body clock adjustments. The treatment or treatments recommended depend upon the type of sleep disorder diagnosed.
A referral to SCSM includes a complete evaluation for many signs and symptoms that may include excessive sleepiness, loud snoring, hypertension, obesity and unusual behaviors during sleep.
We Can Help You With The Following Sleeping Disorders
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
- REM Behavior Disorder
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Sleep-Related Eating Disorder