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Bangkok Sleep and Epilepsy Center

Bangkok Sleep Center

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Do not simply ignore behaviors such as snoring, breathing loudly while lying on your back, feeling restless and not
being able to sleep, waking up late in the morning, itchy legs, stopping breathing or rolling over when unable to breathe,fatigue, drowsiness during the day, nodding off while driving, or having a headache when waking up. People who are obese and have a thick neck sometimes experience a slackening of tissue in their throat during sleep, causing an obstruction of their airway and “consequent sleep apnea,” which in a worst-case scenario can be fatal. Older and/or obese people are at greater risk. Patients who believe they may have sleep apnea should be examined by a sleep specialist and the diagnosis confirmed.

Treatments and services at the center

  1. The Center's Sleep Lab (Polysomnography) is used to diagnose and assess the severity of a patient's disease.Patients are tested via electroencephalography, electromyography of the muscles under the chin and legs, and electrocardiograms. Their eye movements, blood oxygen levels, exhalations via mouth and nose, and chest muscle capacity while breathing are all monitored and measured. 

  2. If a patient has a sleep disorder or if his or her sleep is disturbed by sleep apnea disclosed in our sleep lab, the sleep technician and attending sleep physician will consider a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to keep the airway open and find optimal pressure(s) of CPAP.

  3. At home, the patient can wear a diagnostic tool called an Actigraphy device, which resembles a wristwatch, to detect motion and suggest the patient’s sleep wake pattern; the result are recorded and can be interpreted by the doctor later on. The patient wears the device on the non-dominant wrist continuously for one-two weeks at home. This device records activity every 1 – 5 seconds. The data is later analyzed to assess the patient's sleep cycle and waking process, together with data gathered from a sleep test. The doctor will analyze and interpret the results to plan treatments for each patient.

Sleep Disorder Treatment Program

  • Taking medication

  • Use of non-invasive home ventilators. It's a simple and effective method. An upper airway ventilator called a CPAP can be used to open airways. Also, patients can use an instrument called an Actigraphy device at home to monitor activity while awake and asleep. A doctor can later analyze and interpret the recorded results and plan effective, individualized treatment.

  • If indicated, surgery can be performed after the surgeon checks the patient's facial structure for abnormalities. In the case of young children with obstructive sleep apnea who are candidates for adenotonsillectomy, the ENT doctor can perform surgery, which promises a great outcome.

Patients who should be treated at the Sleep Disorder Center

  1. People with snoring, repetitive pauses in breathing while asleep, frequent night waking, waking up choking/gasping, unrefreshing sleep, morning headache, memory decline, excessive daytime sleepiness, tiredness and/or other symptoms suggestive of sleep apnea.

  2. People who experience drowsiness during the daytime.

  3. People who have trouble sleeping.

  4. People who have sleep related movement disorder.

  5. People who have circadian rhythm sleep disorders (delayed sleep wake disorder, advanced sleep wake disorder, irregular sleep wake rhythm, jet lag disorder, shift work disorder

 


Bangkok Sleep and Epilepsy Center

4th Floor, Rehabilitation Building (Building R)

Tel. (+66) 2755 1011 or 1719 (local mobile calls only)

Office hours Monday - Friday 07:00 - 20:00 hours.

                      Saturday - Sunday 07:00 - 17.00 hours.

Email: info@bangkokhospital.com