There are close to 90 internationally recognized and classified sleep disorders. Sleep disorders that remain undiagnosed and untreated can lead to profound daytime functional impairment and life-threatening complications. Mid-South Pulmonary Specialists, P.C. has five pulmonologists who are board certified in Sleep Medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Robert N. Aguillard, Dr. James Andrews, Dr. William Mariencheck, Dr. Merrill Wise, Dr. Suzette Panton, and Dr. Junaid Zaidi provide diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for patients with sleep disorders to ensure that an acceptable quality of life is restored and maintained in all patients. Our sleep specialists work closely with experts in the field of neurology, otolaryngology, clinical psychology, oral surgery, and weight loss when formulating the best treatment plan for each patient. Some of the more frequently seen disorders include but are not limited to Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, Narcolepsy, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Insomnia, Idiopathic Hypersomnia, Parasomnias, and Circadian-Rhythm Sleep Disorders. Some signs and symptoms that may be indicative of a sleep disorder include but are not limited to frequent morning headaches, loud snoring, shortness of breath, cardiac arrhythmias, hypoxemia, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, hypertension, unexplained daytime sleepiness, depression, obesity, impotence, mood swings, reflux, and edema.
Our physicians evaluate patients for sleep disorders and treat them for diagnosed disorders at the Sleep Disorders Centers at Methodist University Hospital located on the 3rd floor of White Station Tower at 5050 Poplar Ave and at 5480 Goodman Rd., Olive Branch, MS as well as at St. Francis Sleep Center located at 5959 Park Ave., 7th floor, Memphis, TN. Technologists in the sleep center are trained to perform polysomnographic monitoring on neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient populations. Sleep center testing procedures can only be ordered and interpreted by Board Certified Sleep Specialists with privileges at Methodist Healthcare and St. Francis Hospital. Patients referred to the Sleep Center will see one of our six physicians for an initial sleep consultation. The physician will then determine the need for sleep testing procedures. Neonatologists and Pediatricians may order sleep studies on neonates and infants without referring them to the sleep physician for an initial consultation.
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