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Published on: 6/11/2024

What specialists treat obstructive sleep apnea?

If you are concerned you have obstructive sleep apnea, you should conduct your primary care provider first for evaluation. If it is sleep apnea, a sleep medicine specialist will evaluate with a sleep study.

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Explanation

Sleep apnea symptoms are first evaluated by a primary care physician who will also consider other potential causes that can mimic sleep apnea. They will also do a physical exam. If sleep apnea is suspected, your primary care provider will refer you to a sleep medicine specialist to perform a sleep study.

Some sleep studies can be done at home while others require staying overnight in a facilty. During a sleep study, your oxygen levels, and body movements are monitored non-invasively with stickers on your body. If sleep apnea is obvious during the sleep study, the testing center may also try a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask on to see if it resolves your sleep apnea.

(References)

  • Slowik JM, Sankari A, Collen JF. Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 2024 Mar 21. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2024 Jan 2013. PMID: 29083619.

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