Sleep Disorders Team

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Overview

Duke Health sleep medicine specialists work together to diagnose and treat sleep disorders. While they have expertise in different areas, they all have the same goal -- to improve your sleep health. This comprehensive approach means you’ll receive the highest-quality treatment for your sleep issues. If you aren’t sure which type of sleep doctor you need, our scheduling staff will help make sure you see the right person. 

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Meet the Team

Our sleep providers are either board-certified sleep medicine specialists, meaning they have completed additional training in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, or have a special interest and experience in sleep disorder treatment. You may see one or more of the following specialists as part of your care.

Neurologists and Other Neurology Providers
Neurologists are doctors who focus on the brain. Because sleep is a function of the brain, neurologists are uniquely positioned to detect and treat sleep disorders. Our neurology experts treat all types of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, and others. 

Psychiatrists
Psychiatrists treat a variety of sleep disorders, including insomnia. Since they are licensed medical doctors, psychiatrists can also prescribe medications. 

Psychologists
Psychologists have special expertise in treating insomnia, which can be related to mental health concerns like anxiety and depression. Psychologists offer cognitive behavioral therapy to reduce or replace behaviors that may contribute to sleep disorders. 

Pulmonologists and Other Pulmonology Providers
Pulmonologists specialize in treating problems with breathing and respiration. Our pulmonology experts treat sleep apnea and evaluate whether respiratory issues like COPD are causing or worsening sleep problems.

Dentists 
Specialized dentists and maxillofacial surgeons offer dental appliances to help people sleep better. These appliances are customized for each person and need to be expertly adjusted over time. 

Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Doctors
ENT providers, also called otolaryngologists, treat sleep apnea and other issues when structures in the ear, nose, and throat affect sleep. ENT doctors offer implantable devices and other surgical options for people who have not found relief from treatments like CPAP devices and dental appliances.

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Support Staff

Sleep Technologists
Sleep technologists administer sleep studies in our sleep labs and oversee home sleep studies. All of our technologists are registered and licensed, and many have specialized expertise required to perform studies with hypoglossal nerve stimulators and oral appliances.

Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Coordinators
If you are prescribed an airway pressure device (like a CPAP or BiPAP), our care doesn't end with a prescription. PAP coordinators follow up with you to make sure you’re using the device correctly for maximum benefit. 

Financial Coordinator
Our financial coordinator helps you understand what your insurance covers and what expenses you can expect to pay. Your financial coordinator will help you understand your payment options, including resources that might make your sleep studies and treatments more affordable.

Consistently Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Hospitals

Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why we are once again recognized as the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 11 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2023–2024.

This page was medically reviewed on 06/21/2021 by