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I see patients with sleep apnea. They’re required to wear a CPAP [Continuous Positive Airway Pressure], or a machine, when they sleep every night. So, it’s sort of a chronic treatment. I also see folks with insomnia. But then I see folks throughout the hospital with high blood pressure, diabetes, renal disease, heart failure — anything that requires them to make a chronic behavioral change, or a lifestyle change.
When someone gets diagnosed with sleep apnea, when they come to our sleep center to see one of the physicians, if they have expressed some concern about being able to use CPAP, or they’ve struggled with it — they don’t like the mask, anything like that — they can come and start working with me — in addition to working with their physician — to help them get more comfortable and be able to use CPAP effectively.
The best successes are when patients are able to stick to the treatment plan that their doctors are giving them and patients start to see some improvement in how they feel. So, with respect to sleep apnea, when I can work with a patient and get them wearing that CPAP every night, all night, they see these dramatic increases in how they feel during the day and how they’re able to participate in life during the day — and so that’s a major success for me.