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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my obstructive sleep apnea?

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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
12 doctors agree

In brief: Primary care

Patients can start with there primary care doctor, who can screen for sleep apnea and order a sleep test.
The test itself is read usually by a sleep specialist. Sleep specialists can be found in many specialties. Often they are pulmonologists (lung doctors) because the therapy involves a machine that affects the air pressure in the airway. Still neurologists, and ENT doctors often have an interest.

In brief: Primary care

Patients can start with there primary care doctor, who can screen for sleep apnea and order a sleep test.
The test itself is read usually by a sleep specialist. Sleep specialists can be found in many specialties. Often they are pulmonologists (lung doctors) because the therapy involves a machine that affects the air pressure in the airway. Still neurologists, and ENT doctors often have an interest.
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
8 doctors agree

In brief: Sleep study

In order to diagnose sleep apnea you have to have a sleep study (also known as a polysomnogram).
This can be ordered by any doctor. An ENT can also evaluate your upper airway anatomy for potentially correctable conditions.

In brief: Sleep study

In order to diagnose sleep apnea you have to have a sleep study (also known as a polysomnogram).
This can be ordered by any doctor. An ENT can also evaluate your upper airway anatomy for potentially correctable conditions.
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Gather Information

A primary care can do a physical evaluation as well as gather clinical symptoms to evaluate you for sleep apnea.
An epworth sleepiness scale and berlin questionnaire can be answered that can help gauge the degree of sleepiness or risk for having sleep apnea. A sleep study will ultimately need to be done to get a formal diagnosis.

In brief: Gather Information

A primary care can do a physical evaluation as well as gather clinical symptoms to evaluate you for sleep apnea.
An epworth sleepiness scale and berlin questionnaire can be answered that can help gauge the degree of sleepiness or risk for having sleep apnea. A sleep study will ultimately need to be done to get a formal diagnosis.
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Primary Care MD

Start with your primary care doc.
He/she will direct evaluation based on his/her evaluation.

In brief: Primary Care MD

Start with your primary care doc.
He/she will direct evaluation based on his/her evaluation.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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