Sleep...Who needs it!
Do you wake up feeling alert and refreshed? Are you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to face the day ahead? If so, then you are one of the lucky Americans who have the luxury of a good nights sleep.
Approximately 70 million Americans do not experience that wonderful feeling. They suffer from sleep disorders that prevent them from getting restorative sleep. They live among us, tired. They work among us, tired. They share the roads with us, tired, suffering from the affects of chronic sleep deprivation. They experience difficulty concentrating on tasks that the well rested accomplish easily. They may walk around with dark circles under their eyes, doze off in meetings, have a blank stare at the TV or computer screen and drive with the windows down in cold weather. Some adults are suspected of being alcohol or drug users when fatigue is their real demon. They may be labeled as someone who doesn't care, is lazy and can't be depended on.
Students in classrooms may fall asleep at their desk, have difficulty learning or act inappropriately in school settings. They may become labeled as "behavioral problems" and often the misconception is that the parents don't make these children go to bed early enough.
So...sleep...who needs it? EVERYONE!
We at the St. Mary's Center for Sleep Disorders are dedicated to improving the quality of sleep for all people who suffer with sleep disorders. We want every one to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! If you or someone you know suffers from the effects of chronic sleep deprivation, help is available. Call us. We want you get a good nights sleep, every night.
Description of Our Laboratory
Our sleep laboratory uses state-of-the-art medical diagnostic equipment to assist in the accurate diagnosis of sleep and sleep-related disorders.
As a multi-disciplinary facility serving the adult community, medical specialists include physicians trained in Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine.
Technical staff include Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSG) and technicians.
We are situated in a modern commercial building. There is a reception area, administrative/monitoring rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and technical and storage facilities.
The design of this facility ensures that the majority of the medical equipment is physically separated from the patient, providing bedrooms which are quiet and comfortable.
Temperature controlled ventilation systems to maximize comfort.
Abundant lighting to ensure the safety of patients and staff.
Large corridors and wide doors throughout the building and laboratory provide easy access for disabled individuals requiring use of assistive medical devices (i.e. wheelchairs, walkers, etc).
Kitchen facilities are available for patient use.
Washrooms are available for patients and staff.
The audio system is operated hands-free from the patients' bedrooms for added convenience.
- We are a multi-disciplinary diagnostic facility. Patients with respiratory and non-respiratory related sleep disorders are referred to our laboratory for clinical and diagnostic assessment by our team of medical specialists.
Each bedroom is tastefully decorated
A private bathroom with a shower.
- Additional lighting is provided for reading in bed prior to lights out time.
A TV with remote is available in each room.
All main corridors are fully illuminated
The building is locked all night. Access can be gained by pressing the aiphone at the main door. A technician will come to let you into the building.
If you think you may have a sleep disorder, consult your doctor. Referrals to this sleep center are made by physician referral only. This includes physicians such as your family doctor or other medical specialist. If your doctor suspects you may have a sleep disorder, he/she is required to complete and sign a sleep study requisition form which can be faxed or mailed to the sleep laboratory. Your physician can obtain a referral form from this website or by calling our sleep center. If your doctor refers you to our sleep laboratory for diagnostic assessment, please see the frequently asked questions page to answer any questions that you may have concerning how sleep studies are performed.
Thaddeus T. Shattuck, MD
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Richard Kahn, MD
Peter Leavitt, RT, Practice Manager
Brandi Given, RPSGT, RST
Patsy Laliberte, RPSGT, RST
Donald Libby, RPSGT
Peter Blais, RPSGT