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We found 4 sleep medicine providers who accept Blue Shield PPO near Monterey, CA.

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Dr. Georgina M Heal, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
11 Thomas Owens Way; Suite 101
Monterey, CA
 

Dr. Georgina Heal is a specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. She works in Monterey, CA. Dr. Heal is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She graduated from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
30 Garden Court
Monterey, CA
 

Dr. Richard Kanak practices adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Anthem, and more. Dr. Kanak attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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Dr. Shirley Laurine Dickinson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine
2 Upper Ragsdale Drive; Suite D-220
Monterey, CA
 

Dr. Shirley Dickinson practices family medicine and sleep medicine. Dr. Dickinson accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
30 Garden Court
Monterey, CA
 

Dr. Hans Poggemeyer is a medical specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Dr. Poggemeyer is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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What is Sleep Medicine?

Sleep medicine is the medical field that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to sleep and rest. This can include difficulty sleeping well at night or problems with daytime sleepiness. Sleep medicine specialists treat patients of all ages who need better rest.

When people think of sleep disorders, they often think of insomnia. That’s one kind of sleep disorder, but there are several others. In addition to insomnia, a sleep medicine specialist may treat conditions such as:
  • Sleep apnea
  • Shift work disorder
  • Circadian rhythm disorder
  • Severe or recurrent jet lag
  • Narcolepsy

Treatments may include medication, light therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or CPAP therapy. CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, is one of the most commonly prescribed treatments. These tiny machines have a tube and mask and blow a stream of air over the face at night, helping patients with snoring or sleep apnea to breathe easily and sleep more soundly.

One important tool often used in sleep medicine is the sleep study or polysomnogram, where patients sleep either in a lab or at home with a monitoring device. The sleep study allows doctors to measure the quality of sleep over an entire night, check for various sleep problems, and identify breathing disorders such as sleep apnea. If performed in a lab, you will arrive and spend the night sleeping in a bed similar to one in a hotel room. You may have electrodes attached to your head and chest to monitor your breathing, oxygen levels, brain waves, and heart rate. Technicians collect the information, which your physician can use to identify and diagnose disorders that have been interrupting your sleep.

Not getting enough rest at night makes you feel terrible, can make it difficult to do the things you need to do, and can even put you at higher risk for physical and mental health problems. Feeling tired all the time can be a huge quality of life issue. If a sleep disorder is preventing you from getting enough rest, a sleep medicine specialist can help you manage the problem so that you have the energy to enjoy your life.