Forum · Recommendation for Sleep Study Lab in San Francisco Bay Area

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[-] Que +0 points · about 2 years ago

Hi,

Can someone please recommend a sleep study lab in the San Francisco Bay Area. I would like to be tested for Sleep Apnea. I had an appointment at Stanford, which I'm sure is well-qualified, but they have a long wait time to have a study.

Unfortunately, UCSF is not in my health plan.

I did find the following that were in my plan but I'm not sure if they are qualified.

Sleepquest (http://www.sleepquest.com/) Bay Sleep Clinic (http://www.baysleepclinic.com/) San Francisco Sleep Diagnostics (http://www.sfsleep.com/)

Thanks

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[-] BrainsNeedSleep +0 points · about 2 years ago

Sorry, Que, no help for you yet...I would ask the Stanford lab for a referral to someone else. As they are widely considered one of the two best in the country, that might be hard to get, but give it a try. Failing that, try calling a Dr Brandon Peters, a sleep doc in Novato -- I believe he trained there, and he writes on sleep for About.com and has been very helpful. He could at least help steer you. By the way, how long IS the wait at Stanford? I was thinking of going there myself....from the east coast!

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[-] Ramon +0 points · about 2 years ago

Hello, I am retaking the interest for fighting against sleep apnea that I have been suffering (difficult to say) but probably more than 15 years. I have been reading some of the forums opinions and is the first time I hear about PAP specialist. Is somebody who can recommend you the CPAP that better match your necessities or is more a sleep physician? I have a CPAP that I am starting to use again, may be a bit obsolete but is doing its job. Would you know a website for buying a new one? As you noticed, I am just starting to dig into sleep apnea world.Finally, let me ask you if you would know PAP specialist in Long Beach CA area? Thank you

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[-] DanM +1 point · about 2 years ago Sleep Commentator

Hi Ramon. A sleep physician is the best person to recommend the right treatment for your condition. I'm happy to hear you are taking up the fight against sleep apnea and attempting to use your treatment again! If you have had your CPAP machine a few years and have not been using it, I would recommend you see a sleep physician. It might be time for a new study to see if your sleep apnea has changed, and it might be time for new machine settings. Your sleep physician can likely recommend an equipment provider, but there are many providers online that sell machines with a doctor's prescription. Having a provider who is near your home can be helpful if you have any problems. Also, the sleepeducation.org website has a search tool that can help you locate accredited sleep centers in your area. One of these centers should be able to help you get an appointment with a sleep specialist. Good luck!

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[-] Ramon +0 points · about 2 years ago

Thank DanM Last night I just realized that I may have an additional problem with my CPAP device and is that I brought it from Europe where the voltage is 220 and not 125 as it is in USA. I guess this may cause lack of power. But apparently works fine. Have you had similar experience when travelling to a country with different voltage?

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[-] DanM +1 point · about 2 years ago Sleep Commentator

Hi Ramon. I checked with a couple of sales/support representatives that manufacture 2 popular brands of machines, and many of the newer machines can switch between voltages without the need for additional equipment. My personal machine will automatically switch, but I do have to use an adapter for the plug.

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