If you're waking up each morning wondering if you slept at all— or if your partner is threatening to move into the spare room because of your snoring—you might want to consider being tested for sleep apnea.
Chances are there's a Coastal Sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment clinic near you. With six locations throughout the lower mainland, Coastal Sleep's Registered Respitory Therapists (RRT) and nurses offer services and sleep apnea education in English, French, Punjabi, Mandarin and Cantonese.
"Our therapists and nurses specialize in the treatment of sleep apnea," says Paul Sweeney, a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and President of Coastal Sleep. "Many of our therapists trained and worked in the hospital system alongside respirologists."
Paul and his team have been providing help to sleep apnea sufferers in the Lower Mainland for almost 15 years. Offering home testing for sleep apnea and helping patients understand the diagnosis is one of Coastal Sleep's services.
"In the past, patients had to be referred by their family doctor to a sleep therapist at a hospital," Paul explains. "Then they needed to spend the night at the hospital in order to be tested. The problem was that there tended to be a long waiting list. At Coastal Sleep, we can expedite the process of diagnosis, and we make testing more accessible to patients."
While potential patients can self-refer, Coastal Sleep likes to work closely with the family physician.
"After testing, we like to work with the family physician to help the patient understand the results,” Paul says. “Typically, the doctor refers the patient back to us for treatment."
For more information about sleep apnea testing and diagnosis call Coastal Sleep at 1.877.241.9066, visit their website or send them an email. There is a Coastal Sleep facility located at 602-13737 96th Avenue, Surrey. Coastal Sleep can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.