New equipment, additional rooms added to facility
An expansion of the Ozarks Medical Center Sleep Lab, located in the OMC
Parkway Center, is under way and expected to be complete at the end of February.
"This is a very exciting time for the OMC Sleep Lab as we grow and
expand to meet the needs of the community," said Juan Mella, MD,
Medical Director of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at OMC. "With
a highly trained staff, state-of-the-art technology and a specially designed
facility, our accredited Sleep Lab offers high quality, compassionate
care to adults and children who may suffer from sleep disorders."
The Sleep Lab moved to a new facility in OMC Parkway Center in 2013, combining
state-of-the-art technology with a hotel-like atmosphere. The facility
has four bedrooms for sleep studies, each featuring a flat-screen television,
sound-proof walls, individually controlled heating and cooling units,
and a private restroom with shower. The current project will add two rooms
to the facility, which were included in the original Sleep Lab construction
but left unfinished until needed.
According to Clinic Supervisor Jared Jung, the Sleep Lab has seen tremendous
growth since Dr. Mella began in 2014. Dr. Mella is board certified in
internal medicine, pulmonary and sleep medicine.
"Currently, we see patients for sleep studies seven nights a week
to keep up with demand and prevent patients from having to wait too long
for an appointment," Jung added.
In addition to the new rooms, the Sleep Lab is upgrading its equipment,
which collects sleep study data; has purchased three new systems for conducting
home sleep tests; and will now have a bariatric bed available for overnight studies.
More than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders.
Sleep disorders can interrupt your daily activities and health and lead
to memory loss, anxiety and depression, disorientation, change in mood,
headaches, excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability, and decreased ability
"It is important that those who suspect they might have a sleep disorder
to seek a diagnosis and treatment," Dr. Mella said. "The risks
of inadequate sleep extend way beyond tiredness. Some disorders, such
as sleep apnea, can cause damage to the heart and lungs that can even
lead to stroke, heart attack and death."
Symptoms of sleep disorders include trouble falling asleep and staying
asleep, difficulties adhering to a consistent sleep cycle, sleep walking,
difficulties staying awake or excessive snoring.
For more information about sleep disorders or the sleep lab, contact the
OMC Sleep Lab at 417-257-5859.