Sleep disorders can take a significant toll on your health and well-being. Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders have been linked to heart failure, heart arrhythmias, strokes, heart attacks, cognitive impairment and even sudden death.

The University of Arizona Medical Center's Center for Sleep Disorders, which has been accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, takes a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders and related conditions. Through collaboration among specialists, including sleep physicians, mental health professionals, pulmonologists and pediatricians, the team works closely with you to ensure individualized and comprehensive care.

To schedule a consultation with a sleep specialist or if you have already been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea through a sleep study and would like to schedule an appointment with a surgeon, please call our Patient Service Center at 520-694-8888 or by completing the Request an Appointment form and select Sleep Medicine & Sleep Apnea Surgery as the specialty.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Our team of doctors, technicians and support staff use advanced technology to provide quality, expert treatment for a wide range of conditions, including sleep-related breathing disorders such as:
  • Obstructive, central and complex sleep apnea
  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
  • Nocturnal hypoxia
  • Snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Periodic leg movement disorder
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleepwalking and sleep talking
  • Idiopathic CNS hypersomnia
The center includes a clinic as well as a sleep laboratory where overnight sleep studies can be performed to uncover the source of sleep disorders:
  • Polysomnography sleep studies
  • Sleep physician consultations
  • Multiple sleep latency testing
  • Maintenance of wakefulness testing
  • Sleep study with CPAP titration
  • Newer modes of ventilation such as ASV and AVAPS
  • CPAP adherence promotion
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia

Our physicians are also researchers and participate in a variety of studies, including some funded by the National Institutes of Health and other major sponsors. As a patient in our center, you have access to research studies offering new therapies which may not be available to the public yet.

Sleep Apnea Surgery Program

Sleep apnea, when the breathing passages of the nose and throat repeatedly constrict interrupting oxygen flow, may be one of the most widespread chronic conditions in the United States.

Oftentimes people with undiagnosed sleep apnea will feel fatigued or unrested, even after what felt like a full night’s sleep - because in reality, they were waking throughout the night to re-open their air passages. While this can certainly affect your quality of life, more serious cases are associated with risks of high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.

If you think you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it’s time to see a sleep specialist. At the University of Arizona Medical Center, our integrated sleep apnea team will work with you to determine your diagnosis and to find the right treatment plan.

Diagnosis
A diagnosis of OSA is obtained through a sleep study - which measures a number of physiological and neurological markers during sleep. A sleep study can be done here at our University Campus or in your own home.

Treatment
If the results of the study show you have OSA, there are a number of nonsurgical treatment options available. However, if after following your treatment plan, you’re still not finding relief, surgery is an alternative option.

If it is determined you are a candidate for surgery, the University of Arizona Medical Center’s Sleep Apnea Surgery Program offers a wide range of surgical options. These techniques focus on enlarging and stabilizing the airways in the nose, palate, tongue area or a combination of the three. Examples include:
  • Jaw repositioning
  • Nasal, palatal and tongue surgeries
  • Tracheostomy

Once diagnosed with sleep apnea, our team will carefully explain your nonsurgical and surgical options and review the potential risks and benefits of each. Together, we’ll find the treatment plan best suited to your condition, lifestyle and needs.

Clinical Trials

The University of Arizona conducts a variety of research studies and clinical trials that support our commitment to improving patient care. For more information, visit The University of Arizona Clinical Trials site.

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