The Narcolepsy Treatment Experts You Can Trust
If you suspect that you have narcolepsy and you are in Ventura County, California, or the surrounding area, you will not need to go far for treatment. West Coast Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders Center—a respected clinic that has earned accreditation from the American Commission for Health Care (ACHC)—provides advanced narcolepsy treatment at its offices in Oxnard and Camarillo. And for individuals who live outside the region or cannot attend an in-person appointment, we also offer a convenient telemedicine service.
Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that produces overwhelming drowsiness during the day, causing someone to suddenly fall asleep at inappropriate times and then remain asleep for up to a half hour. Other symptoms of narcolepsy include:
- Difficulty focusing
- Quick transitions to rapid eye movement (REM) sleep
- Sleep paralysis
- Hallucinations that occur while falling asleep (hypnagogic hallucinations) or waking up (hypnopompic hallucinations)
- Sudden loss of muscle tone triggered by intense emotion and lasting for up to a few minutes (cataplexy)
Researchers are still working to determine exactly what causes narcolepsy, although studies suggest that genetics may play a role. In fact, someone with a narcoleptic family member is 20 to 40 times more likely to develop the condition.
Treatments for Narcolepsy
While there is currently no cure for narcolepsy, certain treatments can help manage symptoms. Depending on your specific condition and lifestyle, a provider may recommend:
- Taking medication
- Adopting a regular sleep schedule (possibly including short naps throughout the day)
- Exercising (but not too close to bedtime)
- Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine
The Top Choice for Narcolepsy Treatment
You can feel confident placing your care into the hands of the experienced narcolepsy treatment specialists at West Coast Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders Center. We have treated more than 10,000 patients since our clinic’s founding in 2004, and we are the only sleep clinic in this area treating patients as young as 13. Contact us today to schedule an appointment—our Ventura County, CA, offices are open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we offer same- and next-day scheduling.