Sleep medicine specialists in Wisconsin
Our sleep medicine specialists at Ascension sites of care in Wisconsin listen to understand you and your health concerns. Then, our care team works with you to create a care plan that’s right for you. We specialize in diagnosing and treating all types of sleep disorders.
Common adult sleep disorders include:
- Abnormal sleep behaviors
- Body clock disorders
- Circadian rhythm disorder
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- REM sleep behavior disorders
- Restless leg syndrome
- Sleep apnea
- Sleep arousal disorder
Signs of poor sleep quality often include feeling sleepy or tired even after getting enough sleep and repeatedly waking up during the night. Do you feel excessively tired during the day? Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you have breathing issues during sleep or do you snore or stop breathing? Our sleep medicine specialists can help.
Diagnostic sleep tests help improve treatment
During your consultation, our board-certified sleep medicine doctors provide a thorough evaluation and determine if a sleep study is right for you. At Ascension Wisconsin sleep centers, our care teams perform different sleep lab studies, including:
- Home sleep apnea study: We offer in-home sleep studies. Our care team meets with you and provides instructions for the device, which is used to detect obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). After you complete the sleep study, return the device to the office.
- In-lab sleep study, also called a polysomnogram: We monitor you during your usual sleep period in our sleep lab. This test is used to diagnose more complex sleep disorders and can also be used to determine the effectiveness of sleep treatments.
- Maintenance of wakefulness test: This sleep study is a daytime test and monitors your breathing, brain activity and wakefulness during four separate sessions over the course of a day. This test is used to evaluate how well you are able to stay awake and is used to assess people who have jobs where staying awake is critical, such as commercial drivers, pilots or swing shifts.
- Multiple sleep latency test: The daytime sleepiness test monitors you during five separate napping sessions over the course of one day. This test is used to diagnose disorders of excessive daytime sleepiness such as narcolepsy and is typically performed immediately following an overnight sleep study.
- Imaging and laboratory tests: Our care team may recommend specific medical imaging studies or blood tests.
- Epilepsy monitoring: This test helps detect epileptic seizures during sleep.
- Pediatric sleep studies: At select locations, we provide overnight sleep studies for children to monitor different sleep stages and look for signs of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, pediatric insomnia, restless sleep, sleep walking, and sleep terrors.
Not all sleep tests are available at each location. Talk to your doctor about what sleep studies are offered at your local sleep center, including pediatric sleep studies.
Sleep disorders can affect your health
Sleep disorders can affect your physical and emotional health. Our sleep specialists and care teams provide diagnostic sleep studies at our sleep centers across Wisconsin:
- Ascension All Saints Hospital - Health Pavilion - Spring Street Campus
- Ascension Calumet Hospital
- Ascension Columbia St. Mary's - Concord Center
- Ascension NE Wisconsin - Mercy Campus
- Ascension NE Wisconsin - St. Elizabeth Campus
- Ascension SE Wisconsin - Mayfair Road
- Ascension St. Francis Hospital
These tests help our care team understand how your breathing, napping and nightly sleep routine may be affecting your heart, lungs and brain.
Sleep disorder treatments
Our doctor and care team provides personalized treatment options. For patients with sleep apnea, this may include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. At Ascension Wisconsin, our care team provides comprehensive support for all CPAP and bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) equipment, supplies, and masks. The equipment is of the highest quality and our registered respiratory therapists spend time customizing your particular device for your needs. The respiratory care team works closely with our sleep medicine doctors to monitor your CPAP or BiPAP therapy effectiveness. Our sleep disorder and respiratory care teams provide supportive care to help manage your symptoms and improve your health.
Our sleep specialists can also provide personalized recommendations for non-CPAP treatment options for sleep apnea. These treatments may include:
- Non-invasive ventilation therapies
- Dental sleep apnea therapies including oral appliances/mouthguards
- Cognitive/behavior therapy for insomnia
- Restless leg syndrome therapies
- Abnormal sleep behavior therapies
- Medication management for excessive daytime sleepiness
- Lifestyle and dietary changes
- Relaxation techniques
- Weight loss recommendations