Thomas Sleep Center
The Thomas Sleep Center treats adults and children with an extensive range of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, snoring, narcolepsy, excessive daytime sleepiness, and periodic limb movement disorder. Through comprehensive testing at the Thomas Sleep Center, our team will diagnose and help create a treatment plan for sleep problems.
Our Thomas Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Accreditation by the AASM assures quality patient care through comprehensive clinical evaluation and treatment. Our team is led by Dr. Sam Atassi, board-certified in sleep medicine, and also serving as our medical director. Our skilled sleep technologists (RPSGT) and respiratory therapists provide excellent service to our patients, to ensure better sleep for the patient and returning them to the full enjoyment of daily activities.
Sleep studies and evaluations are available for both children and adults. The Sleep Center offers the following diagnostic evaluation and testing:
- CPAP Titration (in the lab)
- Department of Transportation (DOT) Sleep Apnea evaluations
- Home Sleep Test – set up and instructions (dependent upon insurance)
- MSLT/MWT– Multiple Sleep Latency Test/ Maintenance of Wakefulness test
- Sleep Clinic Appointment (consultation with a sleep specialist to diagnose and treat for sleep disorders, testing, and follow up evaluations as needed)
- Sleep Study (in the lab)
Our state of the art Sleep Center offers evaluations, overnight sleep testing, and specialized daytime sleep testing. Testing is performed in one of our 8 private rooms. Each room is equipped with a queen-size bed, flat-screen TVs, and a bathroom, for a comfortable home-like environment.
All testing is done on an outpatient basis. Consultation with a sleep specialist is often necessary prior to schedule sleep studies, due to strict insurance guidelines. Clinic visits and follow-ups are scheduled on Wednesdays.
Common Sleep Disorders
Any sleep-related problem can be evaluated. Some common problems include insomnia, which is trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Some of the other causes of insomnia are restless leg syndrome (RLS), medication dependency and anxiety/depression.
Another common problem is daytime sleepiness, which may be a result of more serious sleep disorders, sleep apnea and narcolepsy. Symptoms of Narcolepsy and Hypersomnia include irresistible sleepiness and brief sleep duration, accompanied by sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations, etc. The causes of both disorders are unknown, but there is evidence that it occurs due to genetic disorders. Treatments are a combination of behavioral changes and medicines based on individual symptoms.
Lack of sleep can lead to accidents, poor performance at work or school and increased health risks such as hypertension, heart disease and even depression. If there is someone who is experiencing difficulty sleeping, our specially trained, multidisciplinary team will work to help diagnose the sleep disorder and resolve the cause.
THOMAS SLEEP CENTER
424 Division Street | South Charleston, WV 25309