Respiratory Services

Sleep Medicine Services

At Respiratory Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Associates, we can treat virtually any type of sleep and respiratory disorder you may have. Our goal is to get you back to living the life you deserve as soon as possible.Here’s a list of some of the more common problems we can address.Please note it is critical to call our office as soon as possible for an actual diagnosis from a trained medical professional regarding your specific health situation.

Respiratory Services:

Breathing Problems

Asthma- Asthma is caused by the narrowing and swelling of the airways, which can cause problems such as wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness of the chest, and coughing. Asthma symptoms can be minor or severe enough to interfere with daily life. There are continual advances in the treatment of asthma so we’re better able to treat this problem each day.

Bronchitis- Bronchitis is due to inflammation of the main air passages within the lungs. It can be acute or chronic and can cause chest discomfort, coughing, shortness of breath, fever, fatigue and wheezing. Often, over the counter medications, rest, and fluids will help most cases. For more serious cases antibiotics and cough medication may need to be prescribed.It’s important to see one of our doctors as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis.

Pulmonary Fibrosis- This is a serious progressive disease caused by scarring of the lung tissue. Pulmonary Fibrosis can cause chest pain, coughing and shortness of breath. Treatment includes oxygen therapy and a complete pulmonary rehabilitation regime which focuses on exercise and nutrition.Special breathing techniques may also be needed.

Lung Problems

COPD- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease occurs as a result of the bronchioles, the small air sacs within your lungs, being destroyed. That prevents oxygen from reaching the blood. Treatment can slow this process.Treatments include a smoking cessation program, bronchodilators, steroids, oxygen therapy and surgery.

Emphysema- Emphysema is a symptom of COPD which limits the amount of oxygen you take in. Smoking is the leading cause of emphysema. Treatment often includes smoking cessation, bronchodilators, oxygen therapy, inhaled steroids and more.

Sleep Medicine Services:

Insomnia- Insomnia is a disorder where it is difficult getting to sleep, staying asleep or having non-refreshing sleep for at least one month. Treatment begins with addressing any underlying habits or conditions which may be causing the insomnia. Sleep hygiene techniques, light therapy, relaxation techniques and stimulus control are all used to treat this disordered.

Sleep Apnea- Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder in which one repeatedly stops breathing during sleep. People who snore loudly often suffer from sleep apnea. Treatments include methods for increasing airway pressure, a weight loss program, a smoking cessation program and devices that facilitate positive airway pressure.

Narcolepsy- Narcolepsy is the sleep condition that causes excessive sleepiness and/or frequent daytime sleep attacks. Treatment: options can include stimulants, antidepressants and other oral medications.

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) – A sleep disorder caused by involuntary movement of the limbs while asleep. PLMD is a serious condition and is often treated with drugs used for Parkinson’s disease such as narcotics and benzodiazepines.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)- A disorder in which there is a need or urge to move the legs to stop unpleasant sensations. Treatment includes first addressing any underlying medical issues such as iron deficiency which is a major cause of RLS. Other medications, such as muscle relaxers may be prescribed.