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  • Do you know that there are many roles in sleep medicine and knowing those roles may help you navigate and problem solve? 

  • Also, your sleep medicine is a sub specialty.  Only certain physicians are able to become board certified in sleep medicine.  Learn the specialties.

  •   Looking for links to help pay for sleep treatment; Sample Letter of Medical Neccessity; Prescription Resources   

Roles of Sleep Medicine

Sleep medicine has a variety of people involved.  Depending on the type of sleep medicine provider (hospital based, community based) you engage they have a variety of people you should know.

  • Sleep physician

  • Physician Assistants

  • Nurse Practitioner

  • Respiratory Therapists

  • Registered Sleep Technologists

  • Behavioral Sleep Medicine Psychologists

  • Board Certified Dental Sleep Medicine

  • Sleep Researchers

  • Sleep Practice Office Staff

  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Company

  • Insurance Company

Learn the Specialties

Did you know sleep medicine physicians also is a sub- specialty.  The only physicians who are able to be board certified in sleep are:

  • Internal Medicine

  • Family Medicine

  • Anesthesiology

  • Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngologists)

  • Pediatrics

Why is this important information to know?

Your sleep physician may have other strengths.  However, as sleep physicians that is their main focus of practice. 

They will be board certified in that primary specialty and the subspecialty of sleep medicine.

For more information see the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Resources to support paying for sleep medicine treatment

Professional Organizations

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has resources- National Organization of Rare Disease program, Pharmaceutical Company Links, State specific organizations

Look To Nonpfofits

If you have a specific sleep disorder, check to see if they have a nonprofit advocating for you.  They may offer more specific assistance.

Letter of Medical Necessity

Some companies will consider a letter of medical necessity asking for help. 

Here is an example.

Prescription Resources

A list of organizations that help with prescriptions.

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