The Sleep Specialist
More than 50 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. In fact, current research suggests that most diseases have “causal and significant links to lack of sleep.” Dr. Maniza Ehtesham, M.D., is a board-certified sleep physician who is dedicated to helping alleviate sleep problems from apnea to chronic insomnia.
Ehtesham’s practice, Excellhealth Sleep Center, leads a team of experts that includes a nursing staff specialized in helping sleep-disorder patients and a board-certified sleep psychologist to help deal with the treatment of sleep disorders. She’s passionate about helping people not only get to sleep, but get better sleep.
“We provide inpatient sleep consultations at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, as well as sleep studies and home sleep testing in partnership with an American Academy of Sleep Medicine-accredited sleep lab,” she says. “If you or your partner has a problem with snoring, insomnia, sleep apnea or any other sleep-related disorder, we can treat it. We treat teenagers with irregular sleep patterns and seniors with sleep-related issues.”
From sleep disorder treatments for everything from obstructive sleep apnea to chronic sleep deprivation, Ehtesham uses the latest in medical technology and research to help her patients. She says the consequences of not seeking treatment for a sleep disorder are severe.
“Insufficient sleep, sleep disorders and insomnia have been linked to the development of a number of chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, strokes/TIAs, obesity and depression,” she says.
Diagnostic sleep testing is the first step in evaluating how to treat a patient’s sleep issues, Ehtesham says. Excellhealth provides home sleep testing, in-lab sleep testing, seep diaries/logs, sleep titration studies, multiple sleep latency testing, and maintenance of wakefulness tests.
Sleep therapy is an essential part of Excellhealth, from cognitive behavioral therapy to the use of CPAP and BiPAP therapy.
Ehtesham describes CPAP as a continuous positive airway pressure therapy that uses a machine to help a person who has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) breathe more easily during sleep. A CPAP machine increases air pressure in the throat so that the airway doesn’t collapse when the patient breathes in. When a CPAP is used, a bed partner may sleep better, too.
WHY SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT:
Sleep research shows that after being awake for 19 hours, you’re as cognitively impaired as someone who is drunk. Poor sleep results in 20 percent of serious car accidents and many man-made disasters, including Bhopal, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Exxon Valdez, were partially blamed on lack of sleep.
Learn more at excellhealthsleep.com.