Treating Sleep Disorders Close to Home

Treating Sleep Disorders Close to Home

The last fifteen years have seen many changes in the management of sleep disorders in the Seattle area. Early on there were only a few centers specializing in the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders, usually in tertiary care centers located in downtown Seattle.

Today, sleep medicine is more accessible. Patients can get top-quality sleep testing and treatment in their own community. The recent announcement of the closure of the Sleep Institute at Swedish Medical Center, one of the largest sleep centers in the area, reflects the trend towards moving to more decentralized and accommodating care for sleep disorders.

Situated between Newcastle, Kent, Renton and Maple Valley, the Sleep Center at Valley Medical Center offers comprehensive management of sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders, restless leg syndrome and pediatric sleep disorders. The Sleep Center features an 8-bed sleep laboratory and is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Although we generally see patients for new diagnoses of sleep disorders, we are always happy to manage patients with existing sleep disorder diagnoses who are interested in receiving care more convenient to home.

Our team of sleep specialists includes board-certified sleep medicine physicians and nurse practitioners who work closely with on-site independent DME providers in order to render convenient and efficient care. We also work closely with consultants in psychiatry, otolaryngology, dentistry and oral surgery to provide a multi-specialty approach to the management of multi-faceted sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia.

Most sleep disorders are chronic conditions that benefit from routine follow-up. In particular, individuals with obstructive sleep apnea require follow-up to address adequacy of ongoing treatment and ensure CPAP equipment is functioning effectively. Partially for these reasons, insurance companies and DME providers usually require an updated prescription for CPAP equipment on an annual basis.

Transferring care to The Sleep Center at Valley Medical Center is a simple process. Individuals can be physicianor self-referred. At the comprehensive initial consultation, we review all prior and current sleep issues. If outside records are available, repeated sleep studies are usually unnecessary. We encourage patients to bring their CPAP equipment to their initial assessment, as replacements and refitting can be provided at the same visit.

For more information, please call 425.656.5340 or fax 425.251.5105.