Sleep Medicine Questions and Answers
If you’re having problems with sleep, you may need sleep medicine, but you might be wondering about it and have some questions. Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders would like to answer those questions so you know what to expect when you come see us. Here’s our sleep medicine Q&A! Please call us for more information or book an appointment online. We have 10 clinic locations. We Serve Patients From All Over the USA. Locations in Bloomington IL, Peoria – Dunlap IL, Lafayette IN, Mishawaka IN, Columbia MO, Kansas City MO, Albuquerque NM, Brewster NY, El Paso TX, Wausau WI.
What specialty does sleep medicine fall under?
Sleep medicine is a multidisciplinary subspecialty under family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, and otolaryngology. This means that patients of any age, including seniors and children, can benefit from sleep medicine, and sometimes it’s necessary to address patients’ mental health, behavior, nervous system, ears, or throat.
Also, there’s dental sleep medicine which is a special kind of sleep medicine for problems with patients’ teeth or jaws which may affect sleep. For instance, a jaw joint disorder may be causing a patient’s case of sleep apnea.
Consider getting sleep medicine if you suspect you may have a sleep problem, especially if it’s sleep apnea.
Do I need sleep medicine?
You may need sleep medicine if you aren’t sleeping well or if you’re experiencing the effects of poor sleep. Such effects and some indications you’re not sleeping well are difficulty falling or staying asleep, unusual breathing patterns, unusual movement during sleep, fatigue during the day, or changes to your sleep/wake schedule. It might be hard to tell whether you need sleep medicine. A problem like sleep apnea can be difficult to identify unless a sleep partner points out you’re often gasping or snoring during sleep.
Seek out sleep medicine if you suspect you have a problem like sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a chronic or even fatal health condition. A sleep medicine doctor can easily identify and address sleep problems.
What does a sleep medicine doctor do?
This kind of professional practices sleep medicine and its various forms like dental sleep medicine. Sleep medicine entails identifying, assessing, monitoring, treating, or preventing sleep problems and disorders. Sometimes, like in cases of sleep apnea, it’s necessary to identify and address the cause of the sleep problem, like a jaw joint disorder. Sleep studies, tests like blood tests, medications, and various therapies can help with addressing the matter and treating the patient. For example, if a patient isn’t sleeping well or much at all, the patient may have insomnia, and the right treatment for the patient may be cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I).
Another example is a patient with sleep apnea caused by a jaw joint disorder. This patient would likely benefit from CPAP therapy with a CPAP machine, or perhaps better yet, dental sleep medicine with oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is a very different and effective method for addressing the actual conditions that cause sleep apnea in the first place. In fact, the therapy is proven and recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Do you offer sleep medicine near me?
Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders likely offers sleep medicine near you. We have locations all throughout Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin, so we ask that you see our Locations page for the location near you, then connect with us at that location or call our head office at (855) 977-0400.
We would be happy to provide further information or book you in for a consultation with us at our clinic! During a consultation, we’ll answer any other questions you have about sleep medicine and how it may help you.
We hope you found this Q&A informative and we look forward to hearing from you soon here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders!