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Sleep Center Services

Dr. Mokhlesi and computer Babak Mokhlesi, MD, MSc, director of the Sleep Disorders Center, reviews data from a sleep study.

In the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Chicago, we offer expert diagnosis and treatment for a broad range of disruptive sleep behaviors. The center received accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 1982.

Sleep Disorder Diagnosis

The Sleep Disorders Center provides inpatient and outpatient sleep consultations. Our specialists also perform diagnostic testing seven days a week. We offer:

  • Adult and pediatric sleep studies (polysomnograms)
  • Nap studies/Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
  • Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)
  • Actigraphy, a method of recording movement for the assessment and study of sleep/wake patterns
  • Sleep logs

Full Range of Treatment Options

We offer a number of non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments, including behavioral therapy for chronic insomnia and therapeutic treatments for narcolepsy, insomnia, and restless legs syndrome.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea
Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is a highly effective treatment method offered to sleep apnea patients in the Sleep Disorders Center. In this method, the patient wears a nasal mask, nasal pillows, or a full-face mask that is attached to a PAP device. While the patient sleeps, a technologist uses this device to adjust pressure in the airway, which prevents the airway from narrowing or collapsing.

There are several PAP therapy delivery methods, including:

  • Continuous PAP (CPAP), for treatment of sleep apnea and snoring
  • Bi-level PAP, which can increase the depth of breath in addition to keeping the upper airway open
  • Adaptive servo-ventilation, which constantly adjusts pressure according to changes in the patient's breathing

Sleep apnea patients who cannot tolerate PAP therapy may be referred to an ear, nose, and throat surgeon to be evaluated for upper airway surgery. We also work closely with our nationally renowned bariatric surgery team to treat sleep apnea in obese patients.

In some cases, we offer positional therapy for sleep apnea treatment. We may also consult with outside dental experts to provide a mandibular advancement device (MAD) or other oral devices used to treat sleep apnea.

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