Sleep Medicine

Sleep MedicineAKNC offers the only sleep diagnostic clinic in Alaska to provide the full continuum of patient care, by Board-certified physicians and state-of-the-art sleep diagnostics. We are uniquely positioned as the only provider in Alaska with in-house physicians available to treat a full spectrum of sleep disorders. AKNC is also certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Our Sleep Disorder Lab boasts the following amenities, all designed to provide the utmost attention to patient care and comfort:

  • Each sleep diagnostic room was designed with patient comfort as the paramount concern. All of our sleep rooms contain a private bathroom and shower, along with a complementary supply of toiletries, to allow patients to go straight to work or home after their sleep study.
  • Our sleep diagnostic technology is state-of-the-art and not available anywhere else in Alaska.
  • The technology in place focuses on neurology and how it relates to your sleep disorder.
  • Our technicians are highly trained and overseen by our in-house Board-certified physician, who maintains a strict quality control program in order to ensure the highest level of diagnostic studies available in Alaska.

Our physicians and technicians provide sleep consultations customized uniquely for our patients to obtain the best possible treatment. Depending on information gleaned during the consultation, we may recommend the following tests or treatments:

 

Polysomnography (PSG)

PSG is a diagnostic tool. During an overnight sleep study, it records the biophysiological changes that occur during sleep.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

CPAP is a treatment that uses air pressure to keep a patient’s airways open during sleep. The patient wears a mask that helps them breathe at night. It’s typically used to treat excessive snoring or sleep apnea.

Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT)

MSLT is a way to study how long it takes you to fall asleep. It is often called a nap study. The test consists of scheduled naps at two-hour intervals throughout the day. You are put to bed for 20-minute periods and allowed to lie there with the goal of falling asleep. The sleep technician monitors you to see when you fall asleep and, in particular, when REM sleep begins.

Home Sleep Testing (HST)

HST is a simple, non-intrusive way for the patient to self-administer a PSG. They simply hook themselves up to the portable testing device and are able to sleep in their own beds. Data recorded is later interpreted by a physician who can recommend the best course of treatment for sleep apnea or other disorders.

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