The Michigan Center for TMJ and Sleep Wellness has earned a reputation as one of the leaders in dental sleep medicine in Michigan. This leads many doctors in the area to refer their patients to us, including sleep physicians and internists. There are many good reasons why internists and other doctors refer their patients to us.
We Can Help Many Types of Internists
Although many internists work in the area of general internal medicine, there are many subspecialties within the discipline. Most of these subspecialties are impacted by sleep apnea, which is why they are looking to refer their patients.
Here are some examples of the common areas where internists need help treating sleep apnea.
Immunologists: Sleep apnea has been linked to chronic inflammation and immune system dysfunction.
Cardiologists: Sleep apnea has serious detrimental effects on a person’s cardiovascular health. However, because sleep apnea is often undiagnosed, people don’t know they have the condition until they experience heart problems, and then a cardiologist refers their patients for treatment.
Endocrinologists: Metabolic disruption is another key danger of sleep apnea. The condition is often linked to diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
Nephrologists: Kidney damage is one of the long-term impacts of sleep apnea. Often secondary to hypertension, this damage can be severe, but hard to treat without also treating sleep apnea.
Oncologists: The link between sleep apnea and cancer is not as well established as some of the other conditions. However, sleep apnea treatment can help patients get more rest and experience better outcomes from cancer treatments.
These are some of the more common internists we work with in our practice, but virtually any internist could have a situation where their patient needs help with sleep apnea.
We Are Great Team Players
But beyond our expertise in sleep apnea, there are many reasons why internists choose the Michigan Center for TMJ and Sleep Wellness for their patients. One of the main ones is that we are team players, first and foremost. This has been one of the founding principles behind the Michigan Center for TMJ and Sleep Wellness.
We are prepared to take the lead in drafting and implementing a sleep apnea treatment plan when necessary. However, we can also follow the lead of other treating doctors. We know how to integrate our treatment approach with others used for sleep apnea and related conditions. We can also be supportive in our feedback: we know how to give constructive insight without undermining the main doctor. It is never our goal to “take over” your patient.
Instead, we know that it’s best for all of us when the patient gets the care they need and can look to all their doctors as heroes.