CONCIERGE SLEEP MEDICINE: Privacy Concerns Over Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Apnea Due to Secondary Problems.

Concierge sleep medicine can protect executives and high income individuals from insurance problems related to diagnosis of sleep apnea and other disorders. Concierge Sleep Medicine can prevent expensive insurance problems.

Dr Alexander Golbin is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and recently has begun offering Concierge Sleep Medicine. Dr Golbin who is well known for his books “The World of Children’s Sleep Parent’s Guide to Understanding Children and Their Sleep Problems” , “Digging up the Bones…: Psychiatry” and “Sleep Psychiatry” the only medical textbook on this subject has long offered special clients privacy arrangements such as having his entire sleep lab set aside for a prominent patient to insure privacy.

It is common for high profile individuals to require high levels of privacy. The new clients utilizing concierge sleep medicine are business owners and executives who require large policies for disability and life insurance. These individuals often find that these policies sky rocket in costs if there is a diagnosis of sleep apnea. The are more than willing to pay a few thousand dolllars out of pocket for medical care that can save them tens of thousands in insurance premiums.

Concierge sleep medicine leaves no paper trail that leads back to the clients. There is no insurance filed and patients frequently pay in cash to avoid any paper trail. If the examination shows no problems they may elect to seek insurance reimbursement but if the tests show sleep apnea,narcolepsy, neurologic or cardiovascular problems they essentially have no record of diagnosis.

There are many reasons that patients may require higher levels of security than HIPPA provides. Their reasons like their test results are their concern and totally private.

Concierge medicine goes further than protection of privacy. There are many treatments that are outside the norm. Dr Golbin was the chair of Child Psychiatry at Cook County Hospital for 25 years and was ain charge of sleep medicine in half of Russia before coming to the US.

He is a neurologist, psychiatrist and sleep expert. He has founded the field of forensic sleep medicine and works with children with Autism, behavioral disorders, ADD, ADHD and numerous other problems.

Sleep and Behavioral Medicine Institue is conveniently located in Vernon Hills where he serves North Shore clients.

He works with adults to enhance memory, attention,cocentration, and professional job and sports performance.

Dr Golbin is one of only a few sleep experts in the world with an extensive background in both eastern and western medicine and he utilizes this knowledge to improve the quality of his patients lives.

Dr Golbin stared his medical career as a pediatric cardiologist is the Soviet Union and after seeing a young patient die for no apparent reason he followed the advice of a mentor and has spent his professional life exploring the science and the mysteries of sleep.

This author has worked together with Dr Golbin for many years treating sleep apnea without CPAP but using comfortable oral appliances. Dr Golbin’s patients have had this option available to them years before more conventional sleep physicians recognized that the field of Dental Sleep Medicine increased success of treatment several fold. To this day many in the field of sleep medicien still have not accepted oral appliances as an integral part of any sleep apnea treatment program.

Parents of children with developmental problems frequently turn to Dr Golbin when they cannot find the help they need anywhere else.

Indications for sleep studies in children include snoring, large tonsils or adenoids, poor school performance, behavioral problems or didorders, night terrors, violent behavior in sleep, sleep walking, nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) as well as head and body rocking and seizures or seizure like activities.

Problems in sleep do not always go awy in adults and many of these conditions can be embarrasing and dangerous to both patients and their loved ones. The privacy of Concierge Sleep Medicine allows patients to seek treatment in complete privacy.

Patients who wish to contact Dr Golbin can e-mail his at [email protected] or contact his office for a private consultation at 847-984-6585.

Dr Golbin also works closely with Dr Shapira in treating patients with chronic headaches, migraines and TMJ disorders. The NHLBI, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute considers sleep apnea to be a temporomandibular disorder.

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I HATE CPAP! LLC provides information on Sleep Apnea, Dental Sleep Medicine and alternative to CPAP for patients who are CPAP intolerant. The website has valuable information on treating sleep apnea utilizing oral appliances. Dr Shapira also created that helps patients find solutions to chronic headaches, migraines and TMJ disorders.

Dr Ira Shapira is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Academy of pain Management. He is editor of Sleep and Health Journal.

He is founder and president of Chicagoland Dental Sleep Medicine Associates and a partner in Delany Dental Care in Gurnee where he provides comprehensive adult dental care with a special emphasis on treatment of TMJ disorders and chronic headaches, sleep apnea treatment and neuromuscular reconstruction utilizing impllants and cutting edge technology.