8300 West 38th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Dreaming of a Good Night's Sleep?
The Sleep Center at Lutheran Medical Center is an accredited sleep center and our physicians are board-certified in sleep medicine and diagnose and treat sleep disorders. You'll feel at home in our bedroom suites designed specifically for sleep studies. For your convenience, sleep studies can be scheduled seven nights a week. A physician order for The Sleep Center is needed and can also be performed on adolescents ages 13 and up.
Please call 303-425-8574 for our simple referral form.
Sleep Problems and Disorders
According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep problems and disorders affect 70 million Americans. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep disorder affecting approximately 18 million Americans. Symptoms of OSA include excessive daytime sleepiness, snoring and breathing pauses.
Simply put, OSA is when a person stops breathing repeatedly during sleep. It is a breathing disorder where the upper airway (throat) repeatedly collapses during sleep, causing breathing to pause or stop. This is called apnea. Apnea causes a cycle of suffocating and waking up, creating lower oxygen levels and placing a strain on the heart.
OSA can be associated with:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
- Irregular heartbeat
OSA is treatable. The most common and effective treatment is called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). The flow of air is delivered through a small mask that fits over your nose and/or mouth. The pressurized air acts like a splint to keep the airway open.
Treating OSA has been proven to:
- Reduce blood pressure
- Improve glucose control in diabetics
- Reduce risk of heart disease
- Reduce risk of auto accidents
- Improve overall health and quality of life