When you are ready to find a sleep disorder doctor or a sleep disorder clinic, there are a few things you can do in order to find the right sleep disorder doctor for you. First, ask your primary care physician which sleep disorder doctor or physician he or she recommends seeing. Also, if you are part of an HMO, as your HMO what sleep disorder physicians are part of that HMO.
If your primary care physician is unable to recommend a sleep disorder specialist or a sleep disorder clinic, then you may have to seek one out yourself. In such cases, you should first turn to people who you know who have been afflicted with a sleep disorder similar to yours. Ask them where they have been treated and if they recommend the sleep disorder doctor that they have seen. Some sleep disorders are inherited, so be sure to ask family members for advice.
If you know no one with a sleep disorder, it may be a good idea to turn to a physician's finding service, the American Medical Association or the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine may be of special use because reputable sleep disorder specialists are members of that group. You should avoid going to a sleep doctor who is not a member of the AASM. If you end up narrowing the list of potential sleep doctors to a relative few, feel free to call them. Ask them if they accept your insurance. Ask them where the doctor went to medical school. Ask them how much experience the doctor has in treating people with you sleep disorder. If you are more comfortable seeing a male doctor, go to a male doctor. If you are more comfortable with a female sleep specialist, then you should go to a female sleep physician.
If you fear that you may have a serious condition such as sleep apnea, ask if the doctor can get test results back the next day and if treatment for the condition can begin immediately. Make sure that the sleep clinic you choose is clean. You may want to meet with a sleep specialist before you decide which physician to go to so you can get an idea of their bedside manner. If the sleep specialist is affiliated with a reputable hospital, that is always a good thing.