One of the characteristics I see in patients who are very successful in managing their sleep apnea condition is their ability to deal with a team of trusted advisors. This may include a sleep doctor, dentist, ENT surgeon, specialist in CPAP equipment and their physician. Because there is no comprehensive sleep apnea center containing all these specialists as we have for cancer, this is the second best option.
Regardless of how you were diagnosed or which doctor you were diagnosed with eventually you have to interact in the future with one or more of the above-mentioned persons. What I will describe below are the roles that each specialist can play and how to utilize their skills and skills in the best way possible to help you achieve your dreams (literally).
Sick-medical doctor is usually a scholarship, board certified doctor or doctoral student who interprets your sleep outcomes and helps you handle all medical aspects of your sleep conditions. Although obstructive sleep apnea is the most common condition seen, they are also about various other sleep problems like sleep walking, night horror and limbs in the movement. The US Board of Sleep Medicine has recently been reorganized and is now sponsored jointly by the areas of pulmonology, psychiatry, neurology, ENT and pediatrics. Anyone who is certified in these areas or doctoral students in the healthcare sector may undergo further training and be certified in sleep medicine.
Dentists are now an integral part of all sleep medicine teams. They have a unique perspective and understanding of sleep-breathing problems as well as facial pain, headache and TMJ problems, as they are all related to abnormalities in jaw formation and position. Dentists can make manibular advancement devices that pull the lower jaw forward and open the space behind the tongue. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recently stated that CPAP and oral devices are equally first-line alternatives for people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Some dentists are members of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and specialize in making these types of appliances.
Orthodontists and Oro-Maxillo-Facial Surgeons can also be called in to help. Young children with different bone deformities can benefit from rapid palatal expansion (RPE), and oral surgeons can perform maxillo-mandibular progress, which has a 90-95% chance of treating obstructive sleep apnea.
An ENT surgeon (or otolaryngologist - head and neck surgeon) is responsible for the management of the medical and surgical aspects of the upper respiratory tract. In appropriate situations, ENTs can help open different areas of obstruction, especially clogged or clogged noses. They also perform palatal and heavy basic procedures for people who can not tolerate CPAP or dental devices. Different ENTs have different levels of competence in the management of sleep apnea surgery.
If you are using CPAP, it is important to have a good relationship with the CPAP-sustainable medical device supplier. This is the front line people who are about routine issues regarding your CPAP as technical issues, compliance, and equipment.
Last but not least, your doctor should be involved and coordinate your sleep apnea condition as part of an extensive approach to your care.
It is also important to bring other healthcare professionals when needed, such as nutrients, training staff, yoga teachers and others.
No matter what kind of medical problem you have, you can not do it yourself. It may take some time and a lot of patience, but eventually you'll find professionals who not only help you manage and control your sleep apnea condition, but also help you literally dream again.