Help for Insomnia, Sleep Apnea
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers sleep insufficiency a major public health problem. People nodding off while performing daily tasks has been linked to motor vehicle crashes, medical errors and industrial disasters. People who do not get sufficient sleep are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, depression and obesity, as well as cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity. Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea are two major culprits, according to the CDC. Between 50 and 70 million US adults are believed to have a sleep or wakefulness disorder.
Getting Evaluated for a Sleep Disorder
If you are having trouble getting restful sleep, the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwest Texas Healthcare System can help. Our physicians focus on diagnosing and treating sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia and other conditions. In many cases, after an initial consultation, you will be asked to stay overnight at the sleep center to help physicians diagnose your condition and recommend a plan of treatment. During the overnight stay, clinicians monitor sleep patterns, heart rate, breathing, muscle movement, brain waves and oxygen levels.
Sleep Disorders Center
First floor of WHA building, next door to Northwest Texas Healthcare System
1301 S. Coulter, Suite 110
Amarillo, TX 79106
Office Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 a.m., Monday - Thursday
Sleep studies are conducted on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights beginning at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Occasional Thursday and Friday appointments are available based on demand.
To schedule an appointment at the Sleep Disorders Center, please call 806-354-1701.
For general information or questions, call 806-351-7013.
About the Director
Northwest’s Sleep Disorders Center director, Dr. Brent Stevenson, D.O., completed residency along with an accredited sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is currently a full-time sleep medicine physician and partner at one the largest sleep medicine groups in the state of Texas. Dr. Stevenson has expertise in the full range of sleep disorders and is board-certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Over the years, Dr. Stevenson has served as a community faculty member at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and maintains interests in clinical research activities. He has directed clinical research trials in his previous role as medical director of research at Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas. Prior research experiences have yielded publications in the area of metabolism and he maintains substantial interest in the interaction of sleep physiology and metabolic disorders. A current focus of his research involves understanding parasomnias, specifically sleep-related bruxism (grinding of teeth) and the apparent association to periodic limb movement disorder of sleep.
Dr. Stevenson is active in various professional organizations and maintains memberships in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association.