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 is a physician who specializes in neurophysiology, neurology (brain & spinal cord disease), and sleep medicine. He speaks Italian. Dr. Passaro's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete 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). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Passaro is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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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's medical specialty is adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Dr. Chandarana's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, intensive care, and sleep apnea. The average patient rating for Dr. Chandarana is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at B.J. Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Chandarana completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Chandarana (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. Dr. Chandarana is accepting new patients.

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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's areas of specialization are sleep medicine and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat); he sees patients in Clearwater, FL, Largo, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Miller include thyroid problems, sleep apnea, and head and neck cancer. Dr. Miller's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Albany Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Albany Medical Center for residency. Dr. Miller is professionally 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 specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Dr. Pansuriya (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. His areas of expertise include intensive care, asthma, and sleep apnea. Dr. Pansuriya's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He studied medicine at M.P. Shah Medical College. He trained at VA Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Pansuriya honors 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' medical specialty is adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Dr. Sams is especially interested in sleep disorders. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Physician Partners. He attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Patients gave Dr. Sams an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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