Sleep Clinic Questions and Answers
Any sleep problems at all can be addressed at a sleep clinic like Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders in Lafayette, IN. Here’s what you should expect when you come see us! We serve patients from Shadeland IN, Battle Ground IN, Ash Grove IN, Dayton IN and Buck Creek IN.
At a sleep clinic, the professionals there can do a lot to help anyone of any age suffering from poor sleep or a sleeping problem. At Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, we can help in a number of ways, like by providing sleep studies or therapies to identify and address your issue. Here’s a bit of a Q & A to give you a good idea of what to expect when you come see us at our sleep clinic!
Which doctor should I consult for sleeping problems?
You certainly could go see your primary care doctor about a sleeping problem, but if you do, they might just refer you to a sleep doctor, as there isn’t a lot a primary care doctor can do for sleep. A sleep doctor, however, can do a lot for sleep. This kind of professional understands sleep very well and all the factors involved, and can identify sleep problems and their underlying causes. For instance, if a patient isn’t sleeping well at all, and this has been going on for months, the patient may have insomnia. A sleep doctor can treat insomnia and other sleep conditions too.
Should I see a doctor if I can’t sleep?
If you can’t sleep well or at all, then you definitely should see a sleep doctor about it, especially if the problem has been continuing for months. The issue may be insomnia. The thing about insomnia is that it can be either a sleep disorder or a symptom of a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, and either way, the effects can be debilitating for a person, affecting everyday life and even leading to chronic and fatal health conditions like heart disease. Sometimes insomnia is caused by a thyroid problem which should also be addressed by a professional.
You should see a sleep doctor if you aren’t sleeping well or if you believe you’re experiencing a sleep problem. At Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, we can address insomnia, bruxism, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, TMJ disorder which can affect sleep, and other sleep problems. You might suspect you have a sleep problem if you have difficulty falling or staying asleep, fatigue during the day, unusual breathing patterns, unusual movement during sleep, changes to your sleep/wake schedule, or a related problem.
How does a sleep clinic help with sleep problems?
At a sleep clinic like ours, a sleep doctor can identify and treat whatever sleep problem you have. To identify a problem, a sleep study could be conducted or certain tests can be done, and to treat a problem, sleep medicine can be provided, like a medication or a kind of therapy. At our clinic, we practice sleep medicine and a form of it called dental sleep medicine which helps many patients with sleep problems like sleep apnea.
What questions should I ask a sleep doctor?
When you go to a sleep clinic like ours, ask the doctor about your symptoms, their possible causes, whether you should have a sleep study done, how the doctor can help, and what your options for treatment are. Bring up oral appliance therapy with the doctor if you have a sleep condition like sleep apnea. The therapy is a form of dental sleep medicine and a proven treatment recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Do you have a sleep clinic near my location?
We very likely do! Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders has locations all throughout Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. You can see our Locations page for the location near you. Give us a call at that location or call our head office at (855) 977-0400 if you’d like further information or a consultation with us! We’re sure we can help you with your sleep problem so you can sleep as soundly as you need to.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!