If you suspect that you, or someone you know, may have a sleep disorder, help is available at our Sleep Center. Staffing the Center is Ralph Harder, MD, a pulmonary physician who is a sleep specialist and associated with Central Maine Pulmonary Associates. Certified respiratory therapists and sleep technologists conduct the overnight sleep studies.
During the study, patients are ‘wired for sleep’ to monitor brain activity and body systems such as breathing, heart rate, leg movements and body position, and how they impact sleep. Problems that can be diagnosed from an overnight sleep study include sleep apnea (breath-holding spells during sleep); shallow breathing; leg movements that disturb sleep; teeth grinding (or bruxism); and behavior changes during sleep such as sleep walking or acting out dreams.
After an overnight study, the sleep technologist gives a preliminary morning report to the sleep specialist physician, who will then interpret the findings and make treatment recommendations.
A referral from a physician is required to make an appointment for the Sleep Center.
For more information contact us at (207) 779-2727 or 1-800-398-6031(ext. 2727)