What Can I Expect From a Sleep Specialist?
If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, then you might be wondering whether you have an underlying sleep condition. This is something a sleep specialist can help to determine, and a sleep condition like sleep apnea or another condition that’s affecting sleep can also be treated by a sleep specialist. Reach us today to improve your sleep conditions.
How can a sleep specialist help me?
Here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, we see many patients with problems like insomnia, restless leg syndrome, REM sleep behavior disorder, narcolepsy, bruxism, TMJ (jaw joint) disorder, and sleep apnea. We can help you determine whether you have one of these problems, and if so, we can treat it.
If left untreated, a sleep problem like sleep apnea can actually lead to fatal health conditions like heart disease. Many people don’t even know they have a condition like this until a sleep partner points it out. Sleep problems can lead to many other health issues, including a weakened immune system, so it really is important to have a sleep problem addressed and treated.
So what can I expect from a sleep specialist?
This kind of professional understands sleep, sleep disorders, and their causes very well and is especially capable of helping you. And because sleep specialists network with many other kinds of specialists, like neurologists, sleep specialists can provide referrals if necessary for conditions like restless leg syndrome.
At Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, our team of professionals is dedicated to providing dental sleep medicine, which is very often the exact kind of medicine patients with sleep problems require. For instance, if a patient is suffering from sleep apnea, it may be due to an issue with his or her jaw, tongue, and/or throat, and using a simple oral appliance at night might fix this issue.
When you come see one of our professionals for a consultation here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, you can expect him or her to ask you about your difficulty sleeping, sleep habits, sleep history, medical history, current symptoms, and more. After, the professional may simply recommend certain habits to help you sleep, or if he or she thinks you could have an underlying sleep condition, then the professional might recommend you have a sleep study done. During this study, specialists will monitor your sleep and determine precisely what your sleep condition is. Our professional might determine that a sleep study is unnecessary, and then prescribe medication, or recommend behavioral therapy or oral appliance therapy.
Do these treatments actually work?
Sleep treatments work very well for very many patients. Good sleep habits are crucial in sleeping well, so developing and establishing these habits will help. Medications like sleeping pills can help in many cases, but they might not address the underlying sleep condition. The best solution is often a therapeutic one like oral appliance therapy. This particular solution is a great alternative to CPAP therapy and is recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Our professionals provide oral appliance therapy here at our clinic.
You might have other questions about what to expect from a sleep specialist and the treatments a specialist can provide, and if so, you’re more than welcome to reach out to us here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders. You can do so by calling us. You can also book a consultation with us at that number or by booking with us on our Appointments page. We have multiple locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Get in touch with us today to have your sleep problem addressed professionally and truly, once and for all.