According to research from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, each year around 40 million Americans suffer from recurring long-term sleep disorders. At NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates, our team of talented and highly acclaimed sleep doctors and sleep specialists can get you the help you need. Don’t spend another night tossing and turning. You deserve better and we believe in making sure you get it. By providing the highest level of quality treatment and care our Dulles based team has helped countless individuals improve their quality of life. If you find yourself having trouble sleeping, or wake up feeling exhausted no matter how many hours you get in bed, give us a call today at 571-367-0000 or book an appointment below.
Our board certified physicians offer some of the best care in Loudoun County
We partner with top rated Stone Springs Hospital Center in Dulles, VA for pulmonary consultations.
An affordable solution, accepting all insurance. We do not refuse treatment for any patient.
Highly rated by patients across the Northern Virginia region.
Close proximity to nearby Dulles International Airport (IAD)
What is a Sleep Doctor?
It’s not uncommon for patients to come into our Dulles sleep clinic without a clear understanding of what a sleep doctor is and what they do. A Sleep doctor is a healthcare professional specializing in issues including sleep disorders, sleep health and other related conditions. Sleep doctors may be either MDs (medical doctors) or a psychologist, with each addressing very different yet just as important and relevant issues that may be contributing to a particular sleep disorder.
Additional Specialization and Training
Other common areas doctors may have additional training in include: pulmonary medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, otorhinolaryngology and pediatrics. Psychologists specializing in sleep disorders, on the other hand, often have training in cognitive behavioral therapy, PTSD, clinical depression, severe anxiety disorders and other psychological conditions that may contribute to sleep disorders.
Types of Sleep Disorders We Treat
If you’re dealing with any of the following conditions, we’ll help you get back to getting a restful nights sleep and feeling better:
- Restless leg syndrome
- Sleep apnea (obstructive, central, complex)
- Circadian rhythm disorders
- Periodic leg movement disorder
- And more…
Should you See a Sleep Doctor?
While only a primary care physician can refer you to a sleep doctor, there are signs you can look out for that may indicate you should make an appointment with your family physician to discuss your options.
Signs you may need to see a sleep doctor:
- You are regularly sleepy during daytime hours
- You toss and turn all night in bed
- A partner has told you that you gasp during sleep
- A partner has told you that you have pauses in breathing when asleep
- You often wake up feeling exhausted despite adequate hours of sleep
- You regularly feel sleep deprived
If any of the above apply to you, we suggest you discuss these symptoms with your doctor, give us a call or stop by our conveniently located Dulles, VA office today to learn more.
How Does a Sleep Doctor Diagnose Sleep Disorders?
How a particular sleep disorder is diagnosed is based largely on the symptoms you experience. In the event that a sleep disorder is suspected, our Dulles sleep doctors will utilize a range of information and diagnostic medical tools in order to uncover any potential conditions present.
Items your Sleep Doctor will Evaluate May Include:
- Detailed Medical History – Questions are the first step to answers. Your sleep doctor will ask key questions relevant to your health and particular symptoms in order to guide their next steps.
- History of Medications – Many medications can cause issues related to sleep. As such, a review of your past and current use of medications is vital.
- Physical Exam – A thorough physical exam is a quick, simple and revealing tool your doctor can use to identify issues such as a deviated nasal septum, nasal congestion, narrowed airway, enlarged tonsils and more.
- Sleep Diary – Over the course of a 1-2 week period your sleep doctor may ask you to record relevant information about how often, how well and for how long you sleep.
- Sleep Study – Sleep studies are non-invasive (no needles or poking and prodding) and are both painless and simple to carry out, making them great diagnostic tools to uncover potential sleep disorders.
Types of Sleep Studies
- Polysomnogram – “in laboratory” sleep study that measures vital data such as oxygen levels, respiratory events, heart rate, muscle tone, brain waves, body position, and more.
- Split-Night Test – with this test, half of the night is used to identify the issue and the other half spent on finding the best treatment option.
- Home Sleep Study – this study is conducted at home and uses fewer sensors, making it more comfortable and convenient, yet less accurate.
Other Tests your Sleep Doctor May Request
- Lab tests
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
- Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)
Get the Sleep you Have Always Dreamed of and Feel Refreshed and Ready to Seize the Day
At NOVA Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates, our team of sleep specialists are ready to learn more about how they can help you improve your quality of life through better sleep. We are a dedicated and passionate team that cares about making sure you wake refreshed and ready to take on all of life’s challenges.