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Dr. Michael Miles at Lifetime Family Medicine also is specialized in sleep disorders. They are located over by Publix on Hwy 61

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Georgia Lung Associates - Dr. Aris Iatridis. He is the sleep disorder specialist there.

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(770) 948-6041

 

 

 

. They have their own sleep lab on site. They are located next to Wellstar Cobb General. I liked them a lot when I went last year to be checked for sleep apnea (I don't have it). Good luck!

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I have sleep apnea and "should" be using my bipap machine. I'm a clostrophobic(sp?) also. I pull off the mask about 2 hrs into my sleep, it makes me have a dry throat, and it's so darn aggravating, I just can't use it. Hubby won't admit that he has sleep apnea, I'd like for him to get checked, though.

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I remember years ago someone on here posted a topic about a CPAP and I giggled because it looked like CRAP. Everybody else thought so too. It was funny at the time.

 

My husband has it but he won't admit it. Had a nurse even tell him so.

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I have it. I sleep so much better now that I use my Cpap machine. I used Dr. Szumstein with Georgia Lung...now Piedmont. Love him.

 

 

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He is in the GA Lung building near Cobb General.

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I started out with West GA Sleep Disorders. The people in the clinic were great. The accounting department S.U.C.K.E.D.

 

My GP now sends me to GA Lung. I haven't been to them yet, but she says they are the best.

 

Sleep Apnea will kill you. If you are your spouse thinks they have it, insist they go have a sleep study done. It is one of the best things I ever did for my health. I stopped breathing over 50 times an hour during the sleep study. There is no way to rest when you are doing that. You will feel so much better.

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I remember years ago someone on here posted a topic about a CPAP and I giggled because it looked like CRAP. Everybody else thought so too. It was funny at the time.

 

My husband has it but he won't admit it. Had a nurse even tell him so.

 

Do what my wife did, make the appointment and tell him to show up!!!!!

The new equipment is really great, the CPAP machine monitors your breathing, and increases pressure when you need it, and the newer face mask with "Nose Pillows" allows you to wear glasses when the CPAP is running. I'm glad I went back to the machine, I have so much more energy during the day.

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And he wonders why he's tired when he gets up. AND the man will fall asleep if he gets still

 

Thanks for the advice.

 

I know who I'm dealing with and he won't go. He just won't go through all that and says he didn't know the nurse told him so. I told him a long time ago because I hear him stop breathing and when he snorts for air. I heard the nurse tell him and told her I knew he had it but he won't go.

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My husband was diagnosed with it after I told him for years to get checked out. I couldn't stand to lie in bed and wait for him to start breathing again. No snoring, just silence for 20 seconds and then he his breathing kicks in again. Drove me crazy because I'd catch myself holding my breath while his breath stopped.

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And he wonders why he's tired when he gets up. AND the man will fall asleep if he gets still

 

Thanks for the advice.

 

I know who I'm dealing with and he won't go. He just won't go through all that and says he didn't know the nurse told him so. I told him a long time ago because I hear him stop breathing and when he snorts for air. I heard the nurse tell him and told her I knew he had it but he won't go.

 

I caught myself dozing of at traffic lights!! I took a morning nap, an early afternoon nap, and a 5 o'clock nap on most days. Tell him two things,,, after the consultation, all he has to do for the test, IS SLEEP! It doesn't get any easier than that, and the big Number 2,,, "If mamma ain't happy, nobody's happy!".

 

Oh, I know,,, tape record, or video record him struggling to breath. Maybe if he sees how bad it is, he'll go to a breathing specialist.

 

Good Luck!

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And he wonders why he's tired when he gets up. AND the man will fall asleep if he gets still

 

Thanks for the advice.

 

I know who I'm dealing with and he won't go. He just won't go through all that and says he didn't know the nurse told him so. I told him a long time ago because I hear him stop breathing and when he snorts for air. I heard the nurse tell him and told her I knew he had it but he won't go.

 

 

Ding, ding, ding........ you hit the nail on the head, same with my hubby. But, he refuses to see a Dr about it. I'd prefer to see a Dr other than Dr Szchumestein (sp?) in the Ga Lung Office. Szchumestein seems to be a bit arrogant, to put it nicely!!:pardon:

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Ding, ding, ding........ you hit the nail on the head, same with my hubby. But, he refuses to see a Dr about it. I'd prefer to see a Dr other than Dr Szchumestein (sp?) in the Ga Lung Office. Szchumestein seems to be a bit arrogant, to put it nicely!!:pardon:

 

Dr. Iatridis at Ga Lung is wonderful!!!

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Hey guys. There is no man alive any worse than me about doctors. This sleep apnea is nothing to play with. You WILL die in your sleep. Bitch and nag all you have to. My wife and my doctor did until I finally agreed to go. As it is with most things, the dread of doing it was much worse than the actual study.

 

This might help. I had this envisioned as taking place in some lab or hospital room with bright lights and all. It is as far from that as you can imagine. It is a king size bed in a hotel room setting with a TV and a remote.

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Because of my insurance I couldn't afford the clinic sleep study, so I just did an At Home Sleep Test through Night Watch. I am suppose to be getting my results in the next couple of days. I went to Ga Lung near Piedmont because that is who my Dad use to go to.

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Because of my insurance I couldn't afford the clinic sleep study, so I just did an At Home Sleep Test through Night Watch. I am suppose to be getting my results in the next couple of days. I went to Ga Lung near Piedmont because that is who my Dad use to go to.

 

I have heard about this. This might be a good option for the folks that won't go to a sleep study clinic.

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Because of my insurance I couldn't afford the clinic sleep study, so I just did an At Home Sleep Test through Night Watch. I am suppose to be getting my results in the next couple of days. I went to Ga Lung near Piedmont because that is who my Dad use to go to.

 

 

Could you share what an "At Home Sleep Test through Night Watch" is all about?? I don't even go to bed until about 2 or 3 am and a lot of times I will just lay in the bed and listen to hubby, and make sure he is taking another breath!! I know, that it could kill you in your sleep. It took me a week and a half to talk him into going to see the Dr, when he had a Saddle Bag Pulmonary Embolism, 3 yrs ago. The Lung Dr that came to the hospital, the night we went to the ER, told hubby that he was lucky to be alive. We have been seeing Dr Harris/Dr Strazay (from Ga Lung Assoc) ever since. I do NOT like this new way of doing things at "Piedmont Pulmonay." We may be looking for a new Lung Dr and I may be looking for a new Hematologist, too.

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Could you share what an "At Home Sleep Test through Night Watch" is all about?? I don't even go to bed until about 2 or 3 am and a lot of times I will just lay in the bed and listen to hubby, and make sure he is taking another breath!! I know, that it could kill you in your sleep. It took me a week and a half to talk him into going to see the Dr, when he had a Saddle Bag Pulmonary Embolism, 3 yrs ago. The Lung Dr that came to the hospital, the night we went to the ER, told hubby that he was lucky to be alive. We have been seeing Dr Harris/Dr Strazay (from Ga Lung Assoc) ever since. I do NOT like this new way of doing things at "Piedmont Pulmonay." We may be looking for a new Lung Dr and I may be looking for a new Hematologist, too.

 

First, you have to get an order from the doctor to have the at-home sleep test. Once NightWatch got the order (and my insurance approved the at-home-test) someone from NightWatch called to verify the information and that they had the correct mailing address.

 

Two days later - a box arrived that contained the equipment to take the test. You put the equipment on just before bedtime and wear it to bed for three nights (or for however many days your doctor thinks you should wear it).

 

On the first night --- someone from NightWatch called around my bedtime to ensure that I understand how all of it works, but it is pretty straight forward and I only had a couple of questions.

 

Once you have the equipment on and just before you settle down for the night --- you turn it on and it starts recording. The first night --- wearing all that stuff kept me from getting hardly any sleep, but by the second night --- I was so tired --- I didn't even notice it.

 

Here is a link that shows what you wear and also explains how it works. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.

 

I ended up with this study because my insurance would only pay so much on the clinic study and my out-of-pocket costs for the home study were much, much, much less. Your husband will need to tell his doctor that he wants the at-home test because otherwise they will recommend the clinic. Once I stated the difference in costs ($2000 out-of-pocket versus about $300+) my doctor didn't have a problem with it. If your insurance will cover all of it --- you could probably just tell his doctor that your husband has refused to go to the clinic, but agreed to have the test at home so he could sleep in his own bed.

 

Once you take the test and mail the equipment back to NightWatch (prepaid envelope), the data is analyzed and a report is sent to your doctor. It takes about two weeks for this and I am right at the end of the two weeks now. I am suppose to hear something by Friday.

 

Nightwatch information: http://www.nitewatchservices.com/

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First, you have to get an order from the doctor to have the at-home sleep test. Once NightWatch got the order (and my insurance approved the at-home-test) someone from NightWatch called to verify the information and that they had the correct mailing address.

 

Two days later - a box arrived that contained the equipment to take the test. You put the equipment on just before bedtime and wear it to bed for three nights (or for however many days your doctor thinks you should wear it).

 

On the first night --- someone from NightWatch called around my bedtime to ensure that I understand how all of it works, but it is pretty straight forward and I only had a couple of questions.

 

Once you have the equipment on and just before you settle down for the night --- you turn it on and it starts recording. The first night --- wearing all that stuff kept me from getting hardly any sleep, but by the second night --- I was so tired --- I didn't even notice it.

 

Here is a link that shows what you wear and also explains how it works. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.

 

I ended up with this study because my insurance would only pay so much on the clinic study and my out-of-pocket costs for the home study were much, much, much less. Your husband will need to tell his doctor that he wants the at-home test because otherwise they will recommend the clinic. Once I stated the difference in costs ($2000 out-of-pocket versus about $300+) my doctor didn't have a problem with it. If your insurance will cover all of it --- you could probably just tell his doctor that your husband has refused to go to the clinic, but agreed to have the test at home so he could sleep in his own bed.

 

Once you take the test and mail the equipment back to NightWatch (prepaid envelope), the data is analyzed and a report is sent to your doctor. It takes about two weeks for this and I am right at the end of the two weeks now. I am suppose to hear something by Friday.

 

Nightwatch information: http://www.nitewatchservices.com/

 

 

Thanks, SB I had to have three sleep studies. The first one, the attendant tried to put the breathing/face mask on me and i told her that "I don't need that!! I'm not here for any breathing issues!" I was there to find out "Why" I don't sleep good. Little did I know!! I waited for the results and then was told I had to have another sleep study. But, this time with the cpap machine, on. Then, those results was inconclusive (is this the right word??) and had to have yet, another sleep study and they would have to up the oxygen rate or something like that.

 

Hubby swore the Dr's were just milking the insurance company for what they could get. Anyway, the bipap machine was what they put m on but, I just can't use it!!! I tried 3 or 4 different types of face mask and chin straps and still I couldn't use it.

 

Last year when I was having to do physical therapy, I was getting the ultrasound (I think that's what it's called) on my low back and shoulder, the PT person would put a wedge pillow nder my knees and to prop up my legs and as I was "resting" (20 minute treatments) I could feel that I stopped breathing. It felt like a flap was in my throat and it was closing up, cuttig off my airway. I mentioned this to the PT Dr and he asked if I have ever seen Sleep Dr. I told him, that I have already been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea and explained that I couldn't use the bipap machine. Hubby seriously needs to get this checked out. I will have to push him to see the Dr, though!!

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I have sleep apnea and "should" be using my bipap machine. I'm a clostrophobic(sp?) also. I pull off the mask about 2 hrs into my sleep, it makes me have a dry throat, and it's so darn aggravating, I just can't use it. Hubby won't admit that he has sleep apnea, I'd like for him to get checked, though.

 

Have you asked about different masks? There's the nose pillows and cannula which are less constricting, or a surgical option. Make sure you're following up regularly with your doc; they can "read" your machine and tell how often you use it and how well you're sleeping with it. ENTs can do the surgery, it's called UPPP (uvulapalatoplasty) where they remove tonsils and trim the excess soft palate (at the back of your mouth) and uvula so the tissue isn't covering the back of the throat.

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Have you asked about different masks? There's the nose pillows and cannula which are less constricting, or a surgical option. Make sure you're following up regularly with your doc; they can "read" your machine and tell how often you use it and how well you're sleeping with it. ENTs can do the surgery, it's called UPPP (uvulapalatoplasty) where they remove tonsils and trim the excess soft palate (at the back of your mouth) and uvula so the tissue isn't covering the back of the throat.

 

That is a pretty tough surgery. By that I mean it is more than just an afternoon. A buddy had it, after telling me the CPAP wasn't a cure and the surgery was. He was down for about a week. He said it felt like he had chewed up a beer bottle and swallowed it. AND he found out that the surgery wasn't the end of all sleep apnea problems. He might still have to be on a CPAP.

 

The nasal cushions are better than the masks in that you can lay the side of your head on the pillow without breaking the seal (which happens a lot with a mask). Bottom line, it is not the same as it used to be. But if you have the problem, it doesn't really matter how many excuses or reasons you have, you still have the problem and the CPAP can help. It comes down to which you prefer, dealing with claustrophobia or dying?

 

JSYK J'smom, none of the comments were directed AT you.

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Sleep apnea will kill you. And if it doesn't the pressure it puts on your heart will.

 

For dry mouth, get the CPAP machine that has the humidifier.

 

I use to get a very dry mouth even with a full face mask. My cpap has a humidifier which I used all the time. I told my doctor this and he switched my hose to a heat hose and told me how to use the humidifier with heat. He also told me to use Biotene mouth wash every night before I go to bed. Problem solved!

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I have sleep apnea and "should" be using my bipap machine. I'm a clostrophobic(sp?) also. I pull off the mask about 2 hrs into my sleep, it makes me have a dry throat, and it's so darn aggravating, I just can't use it. Hubby won't admit that he has sleep apnea, I'd like for him to get checked, though.

Switch to nose pillows and you won't have a problem. So much more comfortable.

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Love Dr Iatridis with Ga Lung in Austell. If you have this, use a CPAP or whatever they tell you to use.

 

I take the mask off in my sleep. I don't know that I've taken it off, until I wake up the next morning. Sometimes, I wake up when I turn over but, usually when I wake up, it's about 2 hrs after I have gone to sleep and the mask is NOT on my face.

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My husband swears I have sleep apena.Can anyone recommend a good doctor?

 

 

I apologize, this topic has runaway from "your" post. Have you seen a Dr or scheduled an appointment? Ga Lung/Piedmont Pulmonary has some great Dr's but, I just don't like they way they do things. Andrea and Heather are awesome!!! They are the checkout ladies, hubby loves to aggravate them, tell jokes and we just love them!! Keep us posted, please.

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That is a pretty tough surgery. By that I mean it is more than just an afternoon. A buddy had it, after telling me the CPAP wasn't a cure and the surgery was. He was down for about a week. He said it felt like he had chewed up a beer bottle and swallowed it. AND he found out that the surgery wasn't the end of all sleep apnea problems. He might still have to be on a CPAP.

 

The nasal cushions are better than the masks in that you can lay the side of your head on the pillow without breaking the seal (which happens a lot with a mask). Bottom line, it is not the same as it used to be. But if you have the problem, it doesn't really matter how many excuses or reasons you have, you still have the problem and the CPAP can help. It comes down to which you prefer, dealing with claustrophobia or dying?

 

JSYK J'smom, none of the comments were directed AT you.

 

Yeah, it's intense and 1-2 weeks recovery with the most intense sore throat in the world (and liquid Lortab) and soft diet. Sleep apnea is also weight-sensitive, so if you have the surgery and gain 20 lbs then the sleep apnea can return. If someone is unable to tolerate the machine then it's an option to aleviate the symptoms. I know it wasn't directed at me. I worked for an ENT surgeon for 2 1/2 years so I've got some insight on it. :)

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I apologize, this topic has runaway from "your" post. Have you seen a Dr or scheduled an appointment? Ga Lung/Piedmont Pulmonary has some great Dr's but, I just don't like they way they do things. Andrea and Heather are awesome!!! They are the checkout ladies, hubby loves to aggravate them, tell jokes and we just love them!! Keep us posted, please.

Yes.I have a appointment next week.Thank you.

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I have sleep apnea and use a CPAP. I couldn't stand the mask, so switched to the nasal pillows. Before using the CPAP, I would be tired all the time and would always fall asleep while watching TV. Since sleeping using the CPAP, I feel like a new man.

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First, you have to get an order from the doctor to have the at-home sleep test. Once NightWatch got the order (and my insurance approved the at-home-test) someone from NightWatch called to verify the information and that they had the correct mailing address.

 

Two days later - a box arrived that contained the equipment to take the test. You put the equipment on just before bedtime and wear it to bed for three nights (or for however many days your doctor thinks you should wear it).

 

On the first night --- someone from NightWatch called around my bedtime to ensure that I understand how all of it works, but it is pretty straight forward and I only had a couple of questions.

 

Once you have the equipment on and just before you settle down for the night --- you turn it on and it starts recording. The first night --- wearing all that stuff kept me from getting hardly any sleep, but by the second night --- I was so tired --- I didn't even notice it.

 

Here is a link that shows what you wear and also explains how it works. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.

 

I ended up with this study because my insurance would only pay so much on the clinic study and my out-of-pocket costs for the home study were much, much, much less. Your husband will need to tell his doctor that he wants the at-home test because otherwise they will recommend the clinic. Once I stated the difference in costs ($2000 out-of-pocket versus about $300+) my doctor didn't have a problem with it. If your insurance will cover all of it --- you could probably just tell his doctor that your husband has refused to go to the clinic, but agreed to have the test at home so he could sleep in his own bed.

 

Once you take the test and mail the equipment back to NightWatch (prepaid envelope), the data is analyzed and a report is sent to your doctor. It takes about two weeks for this and I am right at the end of the two weeks now. I am suppose to hear something by Friday.

 

Nightwatch information: http://www.nitewatchservices.com/

 

 

If the test is 2000.00 how much is the machine?

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If the test is 2000.00 how much is the machine?

 

Since I haven't met my deductible --- FOR ME personally --- they (the insurance company) said the clinic sleep study would be around $2000 (or I should say....out of pocket costs for me after my insurance pays), but I could do the home sleep study test for about $300 or so (also out of pocket). (This is what my insurance company told me when I called to see if the test would be approved.)

 

I have a huge deductible so I can have a lower monthly payment. :mellow:

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I do not think Sleep Apnea is a scam. But I do believe a lot of cases could be corrected by losing weight. Unfortunately, my husband has the type that is not weight related.

 

I have known a few people who were told after having the test that they do not have sleep apnea. That could be because each time it was a test ordered by the VA if you want to get into conspiracy theories ;)

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