According to an Allegheny Health Network news release, Allegheny General Hospital in Pa has opened a new multidisciplinary sleep center for the treatment of sleep disorders.

The new Sleep Disorders Center, located on the third floor of the Allegheny Professional Building (490 East North Avenue), is staffed with board-certified sleep physicians and technicians who specialize in caring for patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and other sleep disturbances.

“Obstructive sleep apnea is as common as asthma, impacting up to 25 percent of the population,” said Daniel Shade, MD, Medical Director, AHN Sleep Medicine. “Luckily, there are effective treatments for obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders to help individuals not only feel more rested, but also avoid dangerous complications that could be detrimental to their overall health.”

In addition to OSA, AGH Sleep Disorders Center evaluates patients suffering from insomnia, hypersomnia, central apnea syndromes, restless limb syndrome, narcolepsy and unrefreshing sleep. The Center also provides screening services to help individuals meet requirements for obtaining commercial driver’s licenses and pilot’s licenses.

The Sleep Disorders Center offers advanced diagnostic testing from take home sleep tests to lab-based sleep studies. Titration studies are provided to patients who may benefit from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure, non-invasive therapies that deliver pressurized air through a mask to help normalize the breathing of patients with sleep apnea.

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