Do you snore or stop breathing at night? Do you awaken gasping or short of breath? Do you often wake up with headaches? Is a full night’s sleep not refreshing?
These are common symptoms of the sleep-related breathing disorder known as sleep apnea. More than 18 million Americans have this condition that, left untreated, can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression or diabetes. Many sufferers are completely unaware that sleep apnea can be quickly diagnosed and easily treated.
To learn more about treatment options for sleep apnea, call 303-938-5354.
The Boulder Community Sleep Disorders Center is one of the most comprehensive treatment centers in Colorado. We are one of the few centers to offer in one convenient location both evaluation by specially trained physicians and a sleep laboratory where patients can undergo a sleep study. As part of our comprehensive care plans, we continue to monitor the progress of every patient after they receive treatment.
We offer the only program in Boulder County fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the professional medical association dedicated to assuring quality care for patients.
Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea
Some additional symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Falling asleep at the wrong time
Feeling tired or lack of energy during the day
Trouble concentrating or remembering things
High blood pressure or other evidence of heart disease
Reduced efficiency at work
Patients receive consultations with board-certified specialists and may undergo overnight sleep studies. We then develop a holistic treatment plan that can include therapeutic devices, oxygen or cognitive-behavioral therapies, along with surgical or medication treatments. Our staff can clinically monitor therapy devices such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and provide analysis of CPAP effectiveness for patients.
When necessary, diagnostic results and treatment recommendations can be delivered 24 hours after a sleep study.
Our board-certified sleep professionals will work with you and your physician to provide state-of the-art treatment and any needed follow-up care. Because our medical staff consists of physicians who are board certified in medical specialties in addition to sleep medicine including neurology, pulmonology and psychiatry, we have the necessary expertise to diagnose and treat all varieties of sleep disorders.
- Mark Hickey, MD, neurologist and board-certified sleep specialist
- Eric Hoddes, PhD, psychologist and board-certified sleep specialist
- Thomas Minor, MD, pulmonologist and board-certified sleep specialist
- Michael Weissberg, MD, psychiatrist and board-certified sleep specialist
- Randal Bjerke, MD, pulmonologist
- Hunter Smith, MD, pulmonologist
Our clinical team also includes registered polysomnographic technologists who perform overnight sleep studies on patients. Our team also works closely with an array of consultants in the community, such as experts in cognitive-behavioral therapy, nutrition and acupuncture.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine Accreditation
The AASM is the only professional society dedicated exclusively to the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine. The AASM sets standards and promotes excellence in treatment, education and research. Accreditation ensures that:
- Staff participate in on-going education on the latest advancements in treating sleep disorders
- The Sleep Disorders Center is equipped with the necessary tools to monitor sleep and accurately measure disorders that may occur during sleep
The Boulder Community Sleep Disorders Center, located in northwest Boulder, offers a comfortable, home-like setting. Each room has a queen-size Verlo mattress fitted with 1,000-count sheets, private bathroom with shower, flat screen HD television, Peet’s coffee and a personal wardrobe closet. These amenities serve an important clinical purpose: recreating the comforts of home helps patients experience a better, truer sleep quality that gives clinicians more accurate data.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about our treatments, call 303-938-5354.
Consultations with our physicians are available Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sleep studies are available seven nights a week.
Boulder Community Sleep Disorders Center
1000 Alpine Avenue, Suite 201
Boulder, CO 80304
Sleep Study Pricing
Sleep studies are usually a covered benefit under most insurance plans. Boulder Community Hospital (BCH) has contractual arrangements, as an in-network provider, with most health plans in Colorado. These contracts will generally provide an average range of reimbursement to BCH of $2,000 - $2,500 for services received from Boulder Community Sleep Disorders Center, depending on the actual services you receive and your insurance plan. Your resulting out-of-pocket costs (i.e., co-insurance and/or deductible, etc.) if any, are determined by your insurance coverage and the contractual arrangement between BCH and your insurance plan. Most insurance plans will also pay the fee billed by the physician who interprets your study results and delivers a report of his findings. We strongly encourage you to contact either your health insurance plan or your employer’s benefits office to verify coverage, benefits and your potential out-of-pocket expenses.
Click here to find out which insurance plans use the Boulder Community Sleep Disorders Center, an affiliate of Boulder Community Hospital, as an in-network provider. If your insurance plan is on this list, your health plan may provide benefits for a sleep study and related services. Please contact your health insurance plan or your employer's benefits office to verify coverage and benefits.
Some health insurance plans have tools that can assist you in calculating your potential out-of-pocket costs for plan members. Contact your health insurance plan to find out if this service is available.
If you don’t have health insurance, BCH offers a variety of payment options and discount arrangements. Ask for details when you schedule your study.
Questions to Ask When Selecting a Sleep Disorder Center
Does the medical staff consist of a wide range of board-certified sleep medical specialists?
Properly diagnosing and treating sleep disorders requires a wide range of medical expertise because of the numerous types of disorders that exist. Sleep problems may be caused by medical, neurological or behavioral issues. Because our medical staff consists of physicians who are board certified in medical specialties in addition to sleep medicine including neurology, pulmonology and psychiatry, we have the necessary expertise to diagnose and treat all varieties of sleep disorders.
Does the sleep center offer a full range of services or just deliver a sleep study?
Select a center that offers both evaluations by specially trained physicians and a sleep laboratory staffed by registered sleep technologists. Patients who require initial evaluation by a sleep specialist may not require an over-night sleep study, but if they do they will likely receive a more comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan since they will already be working with a sleep physician. Our sleep specialists have the medical expertise to develop treatment plans with highly successful outcomes. As part of our comprehensive approach, we continue to monitor the progress of every patient after they receive treatment if this is agreed to by the patient and the patient’s primary-care physician.
Is the sleep center accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)?
The AASM is the only professional society dedicated exclusively to the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine. The AASM sets high standards and promotes excellence in treatment, education and research. Accreditation ensures that technical and medical staff participate in on-going education on the latest advancements in treating sleep disorders. The Boulder Community Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Please call 303 938-5354 to talk with our sleep center staff if you have any questions.
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