Sleep Disorders Center

Experience the difference in our high-tech home-like environment.

The FMH Sleep Disorders Center offers a high-tech, yet homelike setting designed to make you feel as comfortable as possible, and to ensure that testing and evaluation are as easy as closing your eyes and falling asleep.

Tucked away in a quiet building on Gillam Way, the center has rooms designated for sleep studies. Comfortably furnished, the rooms promote restful, natural sleep. Each is wired to the central office where a patient's breathing, oxygen levels and movements are monitored by a highly-trained sleep technician.

For some people, getting a good night's sleep is as easy as closing their eyes. For others, it is only a dream. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital's Sleep Disorders Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, helping put sleep problems to rest.

Highly-Trained Sleep Specialists
Our staff includes sleep technologists who have special training in sleep monitoring techniques, as well as physicians who specialize in sleep medicine. Sleep professionals are involved during every step of the treatment process. In conjunction with the primary care physician, they can determine the best therapy option to effectively treat sleep-related disorders.

Our Care

Sleep is vital to your health, safety and overall well-being. Over 60 million Americans have chronic sleep disorders, and a majority of adults experience a sleep-related problem. If left untreated, sleep related disorders may have significant health consequences. 

The Sleep Disorders Center offers evaluation and treatment of most sleep disorders including:

  • Insomnia: difficulty in falling or remaining asleep
  • Excessive sleepiness: inability to stay awake and alert during normal waking hours
  • Sleep apnea: interrupted or disturbed breathing during sleep
  • Restless legs syndrome: unpleasant sensations in the legs
  • Periodic limb movements of sleep: jerking or bending movements in the legs

Sleep Apnea

The Center treats patients with sleep problems, primarily sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, a disorder that causes a person to stop breathing many times while sleeping, can cause headaches, raise blood pressure and be life-threatening. Sleep apnea is commonly caused by structures in the throat, such as swollen tonsils or excess tissues, which block the flow of air in and out of the lungs. While the sufferer sleeps, the relaxed position of the throat and the weight of the tissue repeatedly block breathing. Resumed breathing often begins with a gasp of air, rousing the person and disrupting sleep. A person with this condition may sleep 10-15 hours a night, but he or she isn't getting the quality of sleep needed, waking up with a headache from oxygen deprivation and snoring.

While surgical options are available, many sleep apnea patients use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to prevent sleep apnea. The treatment consists of a machine that delivers a small amount of pressured air through a mask over the nose. The patient must wear headgear to keep the mask in place.

CPAP Devices

A PAP device delivering continuous pressurized air is referred to as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. It is an electrical machine, which is usually placed on a nightstand, with a pump that controls the airflow, a tube that carries the air from the machine to the patient, and a mask that goes over the patient’s mouth, nose, or both. 

The PAP device takes in air from the room, lightly pressurizes it, and then delivers a constant stream of pressurized air to the patient through the mask. The pressurized air keeps the airway passages open during sleep, eliminating snoring and preventing the pauses in breathing that are caused by the sleep apnea. 

There are many types of masks used with the CPAP device. Some models cover both the nose and mouth, while others cover only the nose. Your sleep technician will work with you to find the best mask for your needs. Regardless of the style, it is important that the mask fits well and makes a good seal to prevent air leaks and maintain the right level of pressurized air. It should be comfortable and functional.

With use of the PAP device, your breathing is regulated, snoring stops, and you are not awakened by lack of oxygen. A restful sleep is restored.

Off Campus
1701 Gillam Way

(907) 458-5680

Lab Fax:
(907) 458-6407

Direct Referral Fax:
(907) 458-2602
Use the Direct Referral Form

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