Healthcare Providers and Sleep Apnea

There are board-certified sleep medicine specialists. It has not been shown that they take superior care of patients with obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS).

Sleep disorders are not taught in medical schools. Therefore, most doctors simply have not been trained to diagnose and treat persons with sleep disorders.

There are exceptions; there are internists and other physicians who have taken educational courses on OSAHS. In general, it is recommended that persons who snore and are sleepy, experience fatigue, or have OSAHS be seen, at least initially.

By a board-certified sleep medicine specialist and followed until the best therapy is chosen and the fatigue has dramatically improved.

Also, people with OSAHS will need to have repeat studies performed every year because, with aging and changes in weight, OSAHS and treatment choices can change.