MeritCare Sleep Disorders Treatment Now Available in Perham

Starting November 2005, MeritCare began offering Sleep Studies in Perham. The studies are offered in partnership with MeritCare Sleep Center in Fargo, Perham Memorial Hospital and MeritCare Perham Clinic. Sleep studies have become increasingly important in the diagnosis and treatment of Sleep Disorders.

Starting November 2005, MeritCare began offering Sleep Studies in Perham. The studies are offered in partnership with MeritCare Sleep Center in Fargo, Perham Memorial Hospital and MeritCare Perham Clinic. Sleep studies have become increasingly important in the diagnosis and treatment of Sleep Disorders.

The MeritCare Sleep Disorders Center in Fargo is a medical facility for diagnosing and treating patients with sleep-related disorders. MeritCare has the only accredited Sleep Center in the region. Accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine is important as it helps ensure that highly qualified, licensed, medical experts are employed. Typical sleep disorders include difficulties in falling asleep, staying asleep or remaining awake. The most serious symptoms of sleep disorders are daytime sleepiness, frequent nighttime awakening, morning headaches, heavy snoring and breathing irregularities during sleep.

Patients are seen for a sleep study only after consultation with a provider trained in sleep medicine. When presenting for the study, the patient is prepared for the study by a polysomnographic technologist who has specialized training in sleep disorders. Patient questions related to the nature of the test are answered, a brief questionnaire is completed, and recording electrodes are applied to monitor sleep patterns.

The patient then goes to sleep in the bedroom, just as if they were at home. In Perham they actually are in a home. The sleep studies are conducted in a house located at 740 3rd Street S.W., which is across the street from the hospital and clinic campus. The technologist monitors the patient's sleep and is continuously available should a patient require assistance.

Upon completion of the overnight recordings, electrodes are removed and a brief post-sleep questionnaire is completed. Patients usually are ready to leave the Sleep Disorders Center around 8 a.m.

Common diagnosis include sleep apnea and snoring, narcolepsy, insomnia, periodic leg movements and nightmares.

Most of the disorders can be effectively treated once they have been accurately diagnosed. Some conditions require medication. Others may require a change in daily habits and work schedule. It is important to emphasize that correct treatment can be undertaken only after an accurate diagnosis is determined. The importance of first seeing a provider, trained in Sleep Medicine, before a study is performed is critical to a successful outcome.

For more information or to arrange a consultation call (701) 280-4600 or (800) 437-4010 (ask for the Sleep Center), Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. All patients are required to have their family medicine doctor refer them to the Sleep Disorders Center for a consult before a study will be performed.