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We found 4 sleep medicine providers who accept United Healthcare Gold near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Eli R 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 an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist in Clearwater, FL. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital. Dr. Gavi accepts 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 SUNY Upstate Medical University and a graduate of Washington Hospital Center's residency program. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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's specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Orlando trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Orlando include sleep apnea. Dr. Orlando is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he 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's specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He practices in Clearwater, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Masson include sleep apnea. He is 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. Masson takes. Dr. Masson attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He speaks Spanish.

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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, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. Dr. Castro has a special interest in sleep disorders. He is 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 honors. Dr. Castro graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Castro completed residency programs at Chicago Medical School and Monmouth Medical Center. He is conversant in 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.