Sleep Apnea Can Make You Dangerous Behind The Wheel

Posted on Mon, April 6, 2015 by Sleep Process Center

Imagine getting into a car with your spouse in the driver’s seat, knowing he or she is drunk. You’d be taking an enormous risk with both of your lives. You’d also be putting others on the road at the same risk.

When drivers who suffer with Sleep Apnea get behind the wheel, the results can be deadly. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that 1 in 5 fatal crashes are related to driver fatigue. However, it is suspected that the statistics are far worse. Because people seldom will admit to fatigue as a factor and an officer cannot see it as evidence, the numbers are likely far greater.

People who get 6 to 7 hours of sleep per night are twice as likely to be involved in an accident than those who sleep 8 or more hours. And, it’s not just nodding off at the wheel. Fatigue also slows reaction time and alertness. A driving disaster can take a mere 2 to 3 seconds to set in motion.

If you’ve ever felt drowsy behind the wheel or have nodded off briefly, your fatigue may be due to Sleep Apnea. Additionally, heavy snorers typically have a disrupted sleep pattern and therefore miss out on the sleep quality needed to feel alert and clear-headed.

Call the Sleep Process Center at 1-855-464-8477 to discuss your concerns. In a fast and comfortable 2-day process, you could overcome the problems associated with Sleep Apnea – without CPAP! If you’ve had a sleep study performed in the past, begin by completing the Candidate Questionnaire at: You’ll be contacted by one of our Doctors to discuss the findings and have your questions answered about this simple way to restore your quality of sleep.

Radical Treatments For Sleep Apnea Not Necessary

Posted on Mon, March 9, 2015 by Sleep Process Center

When CPAP therapy won’t work for Sleep Apnea sufferers, eliminating the need for CPAP while restoring sound, restful sleep is possible. For those with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea, simple surgical procedures are often the resolution.

We have spoken to a number of people who were advised to have radical procedures to help them overcome Sleep Apnea. For example, one woman told of a doctor who talked her into having her tongue thinned. After all the cost along with the excruciating and lengthy recovery process, it failed to resolve her problem.

Our doctors are all specialists who work together as a team to diagnose and treat patients with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea and heavy snoring. All procedures are performed in the Sleep Process Center’s surgical suite under “twilight sleep” and have a quick recovery. As a matter of fact, patients are typically comfortable having dinner that evening with most experiencing a mild sore throat and slight headache. Over-the-counter pain medications commonly resolve any discomfort.

Before you proceed with a radical procedure to treat Sleep Apnea or heavy snoring, complete the Candidate Questionnaire at We’ll arrange a no-cost phone consult with one of our doctors to discuss your individual situation. This way, you can determine how you prefer to proceed for rejuvenating sleep, without CPAP!

Drs. Doles & Gillespie Lead Sleep Surgery Symposium

Posted on Tue, February 3, 2015 by Sleep Process Center

On January 30 & 31, two Sleep Process Center Doctors, Dr. Lon Doles and Dr. Boyd Gillespie, served as course instructors for the “Charleston Sleep Surgery Symposium,” held at the Renaissance Hotel in Charleston.

Participants of this educational and instructional program were ENTs and Otolaryngologists who received over 11 hours of American Dental Association course credits.

Through a combination of lectures and hands on labs, the two days focused on procedures for snoring and sleep-disordered breathing. It provided evidence-based guidelines and protocols for patient selection, proper sugical site selection, and appropriate surgery selection.

The course was presented by the Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, of which Dr. Gillespie is Director. Also a professor of MUSC’s Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Dr. Gillespie served as Course Director for this two-day program.

Sleep Process Center Doctors Lead Sleep Symposium

Posted on Fri, December 5, 2014 by Sleep Process Center

The Sleep Process Center is pleased to announce the involvement of Dr. Boyd Gillespie and Dr. Lon Doles in the upcoming “Sleep Center Symposium” in January 2015. This two-day course is presented by The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) with Dr. Gillespie serving as course director.

The Symposium offers the practicing otolaryngologist lectures and hands on labs focused on procedures for snoring and sleep-disordered breathing. It will provide evidence-based guidelines and algorithms for proper patient
selection, proper sugical site selection, and proper surgery selection.

For more information, the complete agenda is detailed through the following:
Sleep Symposium 2015

Weight Gain & Sleep Apnea – Which Comes First?

Posted on Mon, October 27, 2014 by Sleep Process Center

Does having Sleep Apnea cause you to gain weight? Or, does weight gain contribute to Sleep Apnea? This can be the chicken or the egg, depending on the individual. However, when you fail to get sufficient, restful sleep each night, you can suffer with much more than daytime fatigue.

Lack of sleep causes people to drag through the day with less energy. In the body’s attempt to rev itself up, carbohydrate cravings set in. This often results in less exercise and eating more sugary and starchy foods.

Adequate sleep that is truly ‘sound’ sleep is necessary to our body’s hormonal balance, too. Getting too little sleep or a poor quality of sleep causes one’s metabolism to function improperly. Two hormones, Ghrelin and Leptin are key ingredients in your urge to eat and feel sated. Ghrelin is the hormone that tells you when to eat. When a person is sleep-deprived, they produce more Ghrelin. Leptin is the hormone that signals you to stop eating. Sleep deprivation causes an individual to produce less Leptin. This combination means that you eat more while your metabolism operates at a reduced rate.

On the other hand, weight gain not only pads the exterior of the body – mass we can see – it bulks up the interior as well. This means that organs are in a more-crowded environment and the airway is more constricted. This can lead to heavy snoring and Sleep Apnea.

It is estimated by the Centers For Disease Control that nearly 65% of Americans are now overweight or obese. And, while adults are getting fatter, our children are following in those same footsteps. From 1980 to 2000, there was a 15% increase in the number of children (ages 6 to 19 years) who were overweight.

Regardless of which came first, weight gain or Sleep Apnea, it is vital that you get sufficient sleep and adequate oxygen each night. Apnea, the Greek word for ‘without breath,’ can deprive the brain of oxygen and lead to a long and deadly list of health problems. These include heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, depression and much more.

If you have tried CPAP therapy and can’t get used to it, you are not alone. It is estimated that only 22% of those with CPAP are consistent users. An alternative is to eliminate your apnea, rather than fit you with a device to deal with it. At the Sleep Process Center, we offer a two-day solution that helps determine your true cause(s) of Sleep Apnea. We then perform surgical procedures that help you to overcome the problem, restoring restful, rejuvenating sleep.

Begin by completing the Candidate Questionnaire at: You’ll be contacted and assisted promptly.

Top Nursing Programs Shares Summary Of Sleep Statistics

Posted on Mon, September 29, 2014 by Sleep Process Center

We are always happy to pass on information that helps to educate adults on the importance of restful, sound sleep. We were recently approached by ‘Top Nursing Programs’ with the request to share some recent findings on sleep loss and its effects.

Tossing and Turning: Sleeplessness in America

This is an excellent summary that includes graphics and ‘layman term’ explanations that surround today’s sleep issues in America. Please read and share with others who may be suffering with heavy snoring or Sleep Apnea.

For Sleep Apnea sufferers unable to tolerate CPAP therapy, the 2-day process at Sleep Process Center may be able to eliminate the need for CPAP and restore rejuvenating, healthy sleep. Begin by completing the Candidate Questionnaire at:, or calling toll free 1-855-464-8477.

Heavy Snoring & Sleep Apnea Often Go Hand-In-Hand

Posted on Mon, September 22, 2014 by Sleep Process Center

It has been reported that 30% of adults over the age of 30 snore. Not surprisingly, 28% in the same age group also suffer with Sleep Apnea. Although men are more commonly affected than women, risk factors include being overweight or obese or due to the aging process for both sexes.

Common symptoms are daytime fatigue, an inability to focus, being more accident prone, nodding off during the day and moodiness. For those who do not sleep with a partner, they may be unaware their sleep is being disrupted. Telling signs are:
●Awakening with choking, gasping, or smothering
●Having morning headaches, dry mouth or a sore throat
●Getting up frequently to urinate
●Feeling groggy and tired upon wakening

If you are a heavy snorer, this is often a precursor to Sleep Apnea and treatment is advised. If you suspect you have Sleep Apnea, treatment is vital to your health and well-being. The industry standard has commonly been the CPAP (continuous pulmonary air pressure). This is a mask worn over the face during sleep that is attached to a machine that forces air into the airway.

Some people have a difficult time getting used to CPAP therapy or feel it is uncomfortable or even embarrassing. For those, an alternative is a 2-day process at the Sleep Process Center in Charleston, SC. This treatment is designed to pinpoint the specific areas contributing to your snoring and/or Sleep Apnea and correct them so you can breath fully and sleep soundly.

To begin, complete the brief Candidate Questionnaire at: You will be contacted shortly thereafter.

Don’t Treat Sleep Apnea! Get Rid Of It!

Posted on Wed, September 3, 2014 by Sleep Process Center

For those who suffer with Sleep Apnea, they commonly experience daytime fatigue, are overweight, more accident prone and have difficulty concentrating. Yet, research has shown that Sleep Apnea sufferers also have higher risks of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, depression, erectile dysfunction and obesity.

For years, the standard treatment for Sleep Apnea has been CPAP. This is a mask worn over the face at night that forces air into the wind pipe, supplying sufficient oxygen. However, some statistics show that only 22% of those who have CPAP use them consistently. The reasons range from the noise, feeling claustrophobic, not being able to move around in bed or being uncomfortable with the mask.

Now, the Sleep Process Center in Charleston, SC provides a surgical solution to help heavy snorers and Sleep Apnea sufferers enjoy sound, restful sleep without the need for CPAP. In just two days, you’ll be fully diagnosed by specialists who review all aspects of airway blockages. Your treatment will be performed while under a mild sedation and recovery is typically 24 hrs or less.

Wouldn’t you rather protect your health and well-being without the need for a cumbersome CPAP? Begin by completing the Candidate Questionnaire at:

Heavy Snoring Can Be Resolved

Posted on Mon, August 25, 2014 by Sleep Process Center

Although snoring is fairly common, ‘heavy snoring’ is often a precursor to sleep apnea.

Snoring occurs when air flow while breathing causes vibrations as it passes over the soft palate and back of the throat. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is completely blocked and breathing ceases, which can last up to a minute. This can take place for a hundred or more times a night, leaving you fatigued, sleepy and groggy during the day. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, weight gain, depression and erectile dysfunction.

If you are a heavy snorer without symptoms of sleep apnea, common treatments are oral devices worn during sleep. While some people are able to tolerate these, others find them uncomfortable or subconsciously remove them during the night. The Sleep Process Center has a better solution. We can remedy your snoring so you can sleep without a device, getting restful, sound sleep.

Call 1-855-464-8477 to learn more or complete the Candidate Questionnaire at:

CPAP Therapy Fine For Some, A Challenge For Others

Posted on Mon, April 7, 2014 by Sleep Process Center

Many adults who are heavy snorers or have Sleep Apnea spend their days suffering the effects of poor sleep quality. Insufficient, restful sleep can cause fatigue, sleepiness, headaches, weight gain, moodiness and being more accident prone. When the brain is deprived of sufficient oxygen and its nightly period of rejuvenation, it can eventually lead to heart disease, depression, stroke, impotency and Alzheimer’s disease.

When Sleep Studies reveal that a heavy snorer (often a precursor to Sleep Apnea) or even a non-snorer has Sleep Apnea, the typical recommendation is CPAP Therapy. This is a mask worn over the face during sleep that forces oxygen into the throat. Those with severe levels of Sleep Apnea need a more forceful ‘push’ of this oxygen and often complain that the mask is tight. Most people say it is uncomfortable, cumbersome, and creates an awkwardness with their sleep mate. For these reasons, it is estimated that only about 22% of those with CPAP are consistent users.

While those who have any level of Sleep Apnea greatly need ample oxygen each night (due to the health issues listed above), non-compliant CPAP patients risk severe, even deadly, consequences. For those, however, there is an alternative to CPAP.

At the Sleep Process Center, our Specialists have a long, successful track record of surgical solutions that eliminate the causes of heavy snoring and Sleep Apnea. Rather than have nightly treatment with CPAP, these patients overcome their need for it in the first place.

If you are using your CPAP as directed, please continue to do so. However, if you among the many adults who simply cannot tolerate this type of treatment, begin by completing the Candidate Questionnaire on our web site: or call toll free 1-855-464-8477.