Coastal Sleep: diagnosing and treating sleep apnea

Tired of waking up feeling like you haven't slept? Does your partner complain about your loud and prolonged snoring? A common cause at the root of many sleep-related disorders is sleep apnea.

Coastal Sleep operates sleep apnea diagnostic and treatment clinics in six convenient locations throughout the Lower Mainland.

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"Our respiratory therapists and nurses specialize in the treatment of sleep apnea," says Paul Sweeney, a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and President of Coastal Sleep.

Coastal Sleep has been helping people understand sleep apnea, its causes and symptoms for almost 15 years. Providing services and explaining treatment options in English, French, Punjabi, Mandarin and Cantonese, Coastal Sleep is able to offer diagnostic testing in the comfort of a patient's own home.

"In the past, patients had to be referred by their family doctor to a sleep therapist at a hospital," Paul explains. "And they needed to spend the night at the hospital in order to be tested.  However the lengthy wait times often delayed diagnosis and treatment.

“At Coastal Sleep, we can expedite the process of diagnosis and we make testing much more accessible.”

Patients are often referred to Coastal Sleep by their family doctor or specialist, says Paul, but they can also call the clinic directly.

"After testing, we like to work with the family physician or specialist to help the patient understand the results,” Paul explains. “Typically, the patient is referred back to us for treatment."

First line treatment for sleep apnea involves the use of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine and mask that's worn every night.

"The modern masks are more comfortable than in the past," Paul says, "Patients find it quickly becomes a game-changer. They sleep better and they have more energy."

For more information about sleep apnea diagnosis in the Richmond area call Coastal Sleep at 1.877.241.9066, visit their website at http://www.coastalsleep.ca or send an email to info@coastalsleep.ca. There is a Coastal Sleep facility in Richmond located at 130-7360 Westminster Highway. Coastal Sleep can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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