Services & Specialties Center for Sleep Disorders203 Medical Arts Drive
Sandersville, GA 31082478-552-1030478-552-0110
Sleep Center Medical Director
W. Kim Kitchens, MD,
Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine
More than 40 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder that prevents them from getting restful, uninterrupted sleep every night. These people can find help through their physicians and our sleep center. We believe that sleeping well promotes living well, and we are committed to the quality of sleep and lifestyles of our patients.
Our sleep center opened in 1999 to provide diagnostics for people who experience various problems associated with sleep. In April of 2011, the Center for Sleep Disorders relocated to a spacious, quiet location conducive to sleep. Patients come to the lab for their studies between 7:00 – 9:00P.M. and are able to leave the next morning around 6:00 A.M. A polysomnography technician will position small sensors on the patient’s head, legs, face and chest to continuously record brain waves, muscle activity, leg, arm and eye movements, heart rhythms and other body functions during sleep. Patients sleep in a room much like their home bedrooms, but an infrared video camera and microphone monitor their movement and sound. A registered polysomnography technologist will score the study and compile the final report to be sent to the reading physician.
The Center for Sleep Disorders can help diagnose different types and severities of sleep disorders, including, but not limited to: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), narcolepsy (sleep attacks at inappropriate times), RLS (restless leg syndrome) and nocturnal hypoxia (drop in the normal level of oxygen in the blood).
Many insurance providers are requiring screening for OSA using Out of Center Sleep Testing (home sleep testing) which is a service we provide five nights a week. The home procedure is a safe, painless and simple evaluation of how your body functions during sleep. The study will be performed during your normal sleep time in the comfort of your home. The data, recorded while you are sleeping is later reviewed by our board certified sleep physician.
Symptoms of a serious sleep disorder:
- Excessive snoring
- Excessive daytime drowsiness
- Decline in job performance, ability to concentrate and attention span
- Excessive activity during sleep - kicking, moving, tossing, turning
- Chronic insomnia
- Early morning headaches
If you experience frequent or prolonged troubled sleep, visit your physician or call the Center for Sleep Disorders at 478-552-1030 for more information.