Published: Mar. 18, 2011
Updated: Mar. 18, 2011
Duke’s Rodney Radtke, MD, knows exactly how his patients with sleep disorders feel, as he is a patient himself.
That’s right. As a neurologist, I focus on epilepsy and sleep disorders -- and I suffer from the latter myself, so I can really empathize with my patients.
In fact, I use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to treat my sleep apnea. This device, which blows air into the mouth and nose in order to keep the airway open, is just one of several very effective options we have available for patients with sleep apnea.
Our staff includes board-certified sleep physicians who specialize in neurology and pulmonology, board-registered sleep technologists, and a financial care counselor to help with insurance questions and appointments.
We test adults with a wide variety of sleep-related problems, including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, sleepwalking, and REM behavior disorder. And if it’s necessary, patients can get an appointment to see a sleep specialist very quickly. We see patients at our clinics in Durham and Raleigh.
It’s true. Since 2005, the Duke Sleep Disorders Lab has been housed in the Millennium Hotel in Durham, and we’re one of the few accredited centers to have such an arrangement. It makes a sleep study much more comfortable for the patient.
Our rooms have king-size beds, private bathrooms, and TVs, and parking is free. We can accommodate patients who have special needs. Providing this kind of comfort and amenities really makes a difference with our patients’ satisfaction.
Duke University Medical Center is ranked among the best in the nation for neurology by U.S.News & World Report.