Augusta University Sleep Center staffs a comprehensive team of board certified sleep medicine physicians and technologists who diagnose and treat the full range of sleep disorders in adults, children and infants.
Children's Medical Center, 4th Floor 1446 Harper Street Augusta, GA 30912
World-class Care for Sleep Problems in the Central Savannah River Area The area’s oldest, most established facility of its kind and the first to be accredited
by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Augusta University Sleep Center treats more patients and performs more sleep studies
than any facility in or around Augusta, Ga. It also serves as a training ground for
sleep medicine physicians from across the nation. The six-bed center offers:
Full-service, Patient Family Centered Care for everyone from neonatal to geriatric patients, making it one of the few sleep
centers in the Southeast to treat pediatric sleep disorders.
A multidisciplinary team of physicians to address the full range of sleep disorders. The team includes three board certified
sleep medicine physicians as well as pediatric and adult pulmonologists, neurologists,
ENT physicians and dentists, psychologists and other specialists.
A full range of sleep studies performed by the largest staff of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists in the area.
A comprehensive array of treatments including lifestyle changes, breathing devices
such as continuous positive airway pressure (C-PAP) machines, dental sleep medical
care and devices, cognitive behavioral therapy, surgery and other therapies.
Education and follow-up care and support to increase compliance and improve outcomes.
If your treatment includes a C-PAP machine, we’ll perform a C-PAP Titration Test to
customize the machine to your individual needs by finding the most effective setting,
make sure you have the right mask and adjusting other parameters for maximum effectiveness.
No wonder physicians throughout Georgia and South Carolina refer their most complex
sleep disorder cases to the Center. Why not make the Center your first stop and come
directly to a team of skilled specialists?
Why Choose Us
Not all sleep centers staff Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, and that can
make a big difference in the quality of your sleep study.
The physicians at Augusta University Sleep Center are supported by the area’s largest
team of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGT) in the Augusta area. These
skilled medical professionals have met rigorous requirements and passed extensive
examinations by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. They have
the skills and experience needed to perform sleep studies that ensure more accurate
readings and better outcomes. A board certified sleep medicine physician will then
interpret the studies, make a diagnosis and develop a plan of care.
We offer multidisciplinary sleep medicine care by a team of physicians with a breadth
and depth of expertise unmatched in the area. In addition to three board certified
sleep specialists, the team includes:
Adult and pediatric pulmonologists
Adult and pediatric neurologists
Adult and pediatric otolaryngologists (ENT specialists)
Dentists who are members of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
These caregivers treat sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome and
other sleep disorders with therapies ranging from behavioral changes to medications
to breathing devices to surgery to remove adenoids, tonsils and excess throat tissue.
Conditions We Treat
Sleep apnea: a common yet potentially dangerous sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly
stops for a short length of time, usually a matter of seconds, but can escalate to
Insomnia: a common sleep disorder when someone has trouble falling or staying asleep
Narcolepsy: a disorder when the brain fails to regulate the sleep/wake cycle normally
Restless legs syndrome (RLS): disrupts sleep when an almost irresistible urge to move the legs occurs due to uncomfortable
Periodic limb movement: This disorder involves periodic involuntary contractions of the leg muscles during
sleep, causing jerking movements and frequent partial awakenings. This disrupted sleep
results in daytime fatigue, even though people with the disorder think they are getting
a full night’s rest. People with this disorder may report aching legs before bedtime
or upon getting up. Consult a physician if you experience these symptoms.
Parasomnias Parasomnia is a broad term used to describe several uncommon but disruptive sleep
disorders that involve physical acts that occur during sleep. They include:
Sleepwalking This occurs when a person performs actions such as walking while sleeping. Sleepwalking
is much more common in children than in adolescents or adults. It tends to run in
families but rarely indicates a serious underlying medical problem. But sleepwalkers
can injure themselves or others. If the sleepwalker exits the house or sleepwalks
frequently and injuries occur, seek professional help right away.
Sleep Talking People with this condition occasionally shout out a word or two of gibberish or even
recite an entire speech during sleep. This is a harmless and usually temporary condition.
Sleep Terrors or Night Terrors This is the most extreme and dramatic of the parasomnias. The disorder is marked
by a sudden arousal and piercing screams or shouting, accompanied by signs of intense
fear that usually occur during the first third of the night. People with sleep terrors
may jump out of bed, become agitated or hurt themselves or others. Sleep terrors are
more common in children and usually subsides before adulthood. Treatment is generally
not needed for children unless the behavior is violent or causes excessive daytime
sleepiness. However, sleep terrors in adults are serious and abnormal and usually
indicate excessive agitation or sleep deprivation, depression, anxiety or even post
traumatic stress disorder. Adults who experience sleep terrors should see a sleep
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) Chronic grinding of the teeth, or bruxism, is a common occurrence that is particularly
prevalent in children, but occurs in less than five percent of adults. The disorder
can lead to dental damage or injury or chronic daytime sleepiness and disrupt the
sleep of others. Chronic teeth grinders should consult a physician.
Nocturnal seizures: Nocturnal, or sleep-related seizures, is a form of epilepsy that can cause abnormal
movement or behavior during sleep. Behaviors can range from waking several times a
night to violent movements of the arms and legs to biting of the tongue to urination.
These seizures frequently occur in people who have epileptic seizures during the day,
but may also occur only at night. If you or a loved one experiences these symptoms,
see a sleep specialist right away.
Diagnostic Tests and Procedures
Registered Sleep Technologists and Board Certified Sleep Physicians
Our sleep studies are performed by registered polysomnographic technologists and interpreted
by board certified sleep medicine physicians. Located in Augusta, Ga., Augusta University
Sleep Center performs and interprets:
These tests are used to diagnose sleep apnea, narcolepsy and other conditions. Patients
spend a full night at the center. While they sleep, painless electrodes attached to
their bodies monitor:
oxygen and carbon dioxide blood levels
heart rate and rhythm
breathing rate and rhythm
the flow of air through the mouth and nose
body muscle movements
chest and abdomen respiratory movements
Registered sleep technologists monitor each patient during the tests, and an intercom
system allows for easy communication between patients and caregivers. Patients are
also videotaped with infrared cameras, while microphones monitor their snoring. A
board certified sleep medicine physician reviews the data collected during the tests
to diagnose any disorder and its severity and prescribe treatments, if needed.