We found 4 sleep medicine providers who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions All Copay near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Eli Gavi, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
430 Morton Plant Street; Bay Area Chest Physicians Suite 405
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eli Gavi is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Gavi's medical residency was performed at Washington Hospital Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Gavi is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital.

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Dr. Daniel Anthony Orlando III, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
430 Morton Plant Street; Bay Area Chest Physicians Suite 405
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Daniel Orlando is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist in Clearwater, FL. In his practice, Dr. Orlando focuses on sleep apnea. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Orlando honors. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Orlando speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea

Dr. John Alan Masson Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
430 Morton Plant Street; Bay Area Chest Physicians Suite 405
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. John Masson is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist. Dr. Masson is especially interested in sleep apnea. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Apnea

Dr. Alfonso Castro, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 405
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Alfonso Castro is a sleep medicine and adult pulmonology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Castro include sleep disorders. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Castro takes. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Castro trained at Chicago Medical School and Monmouth Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders

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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.
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