We found 5 sleep medicine providers who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Erasmo A Passaro, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology, Sleep Medicine
601 7th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Erasmo Passaro's specialties are neurophysiology, neurology (brain & spinal cord disease), and sleep medicine. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Passaro attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Passaro is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Passaro accepts. Dr. Passaro has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He speaks Italian. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Dr. Himanshu V Chandarana, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 330
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Himanshu Chandarana specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Chandarana (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Chandarana's areas of expertise include back pain, intensive care, and sleep apnea. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Chandarana graduated from B.J. Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chandarana's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Laser Treatment, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Mitchell B Miller, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Otolaryngology
6540 4th Street N; Suite C
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mitchell Miller is a specialist in sleep medicine and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Miller graduated from Albany Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Albany Medical Center. His clinical interests include thyroid problems, sleep apnea, and head and neck cancer. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Miller accepts. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Ear Problems, Sleep Apnea, Nose Problems, Head and Neck Cancer, Thyroid Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vinubhai C Pansuriya, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2180 9th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vinubhai Pansuriya is an adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Pansuriya (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pansuriya include intensive care, asthma, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System. He graduated from M.P. Shah Medical College. Dr. Pansuriya completed his residency training at VA Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Lung Problems, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. David Andrew Sams, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2639 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Sams' specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Sams's clinical interests encompass sleep disorders. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sams attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Physician Partners.

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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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