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Published on February 13, 2018

Comprehensive sleep disorder treatments provide rest and relief

If sleepless nights are affecting the health of your patients, Gundersen Health System's sleep specialists are available to diagnose and treat sleep disorders and get your patients on a path to better health. Our expanding treatment toolbox includes doctors from many specialties working collaboratively to find the best treatment option for your patient.

Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) Therapy

Most often used to treat sleep apnea and heavy snoring, a CPAP device sends a continuous and gentle stream of air pressure, through a specialized mask, to your patient's nose or mouth to keep the airway open while sleeping.

Inspire Therapy

Inspire therapy is a new implantable treatment option for people with obstructive sleep apnea who have not found relief with CPAP or are unable to use the CPAP device. Inspire monitors your patients' breathing and, when needed, stimulates the hypoglossal nerve to control the movement of your patient's tongue and other muscles that can obstruct the airway. Note: Not all insurance covers Inspire.

Surgery

  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) – For patients who suffer from sleep apnea or excessive snoring, UPPP surgery enlarges the airway, and may involve trimming the soft palate, uvula, tongue or all three.
  • Maxillomandibular Advancement – The surgery involves moving a patient's jaws forward slightly, creating more airway space and allowing for easier breathing while sleeping. This may be appropriate for patients with more severe forms of sleep apnea who have not responded to CPAP or other more conservative treatments.
  • Oral Appliance Therapy – For patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea or those who do not find relief from CPAP or do not qualify for CPAP use, oral appliance therapy may be a cost-effective intervention. Treatment must be prescribed, and includes a dentist, oral surgeon or sleep specialist custom fitting a mouth-guard-like oral device that can be worn at night to help your patient maintain an open airway.

To make a referral, contact Gundersen via MedLink at (800) 336-5465. In La Crosse, call (608) 775-5465.

Gundersen Sleep Center

This is the first fully accredited sleep center in Wisconsin in 1986 and it has maintained accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine every year since. We are proud to have expanded our sleep medicine treatment options and improved access to convenient care, allowing more of your patients to get care close to home. In addition to La Crosse, sleep medicine outreach and/or telemedicine services are also available at:

  • Gundersen Boscobel Clinic
  • Gundersen St. Joseph's Hillsboro Clinic
  • Gundersen Tri-County Whitehall Clinic
  • Southwest Health in Platteville
Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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