An average person daily needs 7-9 hours of sleep for good overall health and to feel active the next day. If you think daytime tiredness could be a sign of a sleep disorder like insomnia, it is best to consult with your primary doctor first and then visit orange sleep specialist Doctors. Sleep specialist doctors will first diagnose the issue and then treat the problem accordingly to help you get the rest you need.
What are sleep specialists?
The doctors that specialize in diagnosing an
d treating sleep disorders are sleep specialists. These specialist doctors are trained in internal medicine, psychiatry, or neurology during residency. They complete a fellowship program in sleep medicine after completing their residency.
Other types of sleep specialists focus on the mental and behavioral issues that result in sleep disorders. American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM), a part of the American Board of Medical Specialities, a sleep specialist receives their certification from ABSM. Otolaryngologists, also known as ENT ( ear, nose, and throat) doctors, are qualified to perform procedures that address sleep issues. Sleep issues like repairing structural problems with the mouth, nose, or throat are the main reason behind snoring and OSA.
When to visit a sleep specialist?
If planning to visit a sleep specialist, first talk to your primary care provider, in case:
● You are snoring while asleep.
● Have a hard time falling asleep throughout the night.
● Feel tired during the day even if you slept the night before.
● Feeling tired and can’t perform daily activities.
The primary care doctor evaluates your symptoms and may even refer you to a sleep specialist. The sleep doctor will then diagnose your symptoms and treat sleep disorders such as OSA, insomnia, or restless legs syndrome (RLS).
How to find a sleep specialist?
Sleep specialists work in different locations- in private practice, hospitals, or sleep centers. The easiest way to find the best sleep doctor is to ask your primary care specialist for a referral. There are even certified sleep centers accredited through an organization like the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Before selecting a sleep specialist, ask your health insurance provider to check if the sleep specialist covers your plan. It will help in avoiding huge bills you weren’t expecting for going out of network. To cut down a few doctors’ names from the list, ask your friends, family, or colleagues if they have visited the doctors and ask them for their positive or negative feedback.
The Internet is the best way to know about your doctor before even planning to visit. Check if the doctor you are planning to see has the specialization and experience in handling sleep disorders. Read online reviews from other patients about the doctor you are planning to consult.
Different types of sleep specialists
There are different types of sleep specialists and have a particular area of expertise.
● Psychiatrists and Psychologists – are the sleep specialists for treating thoughts and behaviors that result in sleeping disorders.
● Neurologists – are sleep specialists for treating brain and nervous conditions that are causing sleep disorders.
● Pediatricians – are the child specialists that treat sleep disorders in children.
● Otorhinolaryngologists (ENT Doctors) – are the specialists that treat sleep disorders due to ear, nose, and throat issues.
● Dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the specialists who fit oral appliances to
correct mouth and jaw problems.
● Respiratory therapists – are the doctors that work with sleep specialists and treat breathing disorders that are causing sleep disorders.
● These are different conditions that sleep specialists treat; these disorders include:
● Insomnia – a disorder of staying asleep throughout the night or difficulty in falling asleep.
● Narcolepsy – is a condition where a person suddenly falls asleep during the day.
● Snoring and OSA – is a breathing disorder while you sleep
● RLS, or uncontrollable sensation in a person’s legs that keeps him/her awake.
Some important question to ask a sleep specialist
While visiting a sleep specialist for the first time, here are few questions that you can ask:
● Do I have a sleep condition & what is the reason behind my condition?
● Do I have to undergo a sleep study or tests to get a clear understanding of my condition?
● What are the risks involved with my condition?
● What are the possible treatment options, and what will happen if the first treatment doesn’t work?
● What are the recommended lifestyle changes that can help my condition?
If you are experiencing snoring or daytime sleepiness symptoms, it is best to consult your primary health care specialist for an initial checkup. After a complete checkup and on the recommendation of your primary health care specialist, you should visit a sleep specialist. Docs Medical sleep specialists in Orange and Norwalk CT are available to answer further questions about sleep and help you get to the root of any sleep problems you might have.