Sleep apnea specialists are not all the same. Assessment and treatment of sleep apnea can be guided by a doctor, a dentist or a whole-of-clinic approach. There are private and public services as well as options to arrange your own assessment from the comfort of your own home.
Here’s an overview of types of sleep apnea specialists, followed by a selection of options in your city.
Sleep & respiratory physicians are doctors who have specialist training in sleep medicine. They are qualified to diagnose and treat sleep apnea as well as other sleep disorders.
Some physicians work solo but most work within a clinic – either within a private hospital or in a stand-alone clinic. Many have the support of allied health clinicians, like psychologists, as well as technical assistance from sleep scientists.
Public Sleep & Respiratory services
All capital cities and many regional centres have sleep clinics as part of the state’s public hospital system. These are overseen by Sleep & Respiratory physicians and are staffed by doctors who are training in sleep medicine as well as nurses, scientists, and other allied health professionals.
Like any public health service, there can be long waiting times.
One of the recognised treatments for sleep apnea is mandibular advancement splints (often referred to as ‘oral appliances’). These are most commonly fitted by dentists, meaning that some dentists and dental clinics specialise in sleep apnea.
Not all dentists have an interest in, or knowledge about sleep apnea and oral appliances, so you’ll need to search for one near you with this expertise.
At Sleeping Test, we recommend testing for sleep apnea using the WatchPAT, a device specifically designed for being used in the comfort of your own bed on a night of your choice. The program is overseen by a registered nurse who specialises in sleep apnea and all tests are reviewed and reported by a Sleep & Respiratory physician.
If the barrier of waiting for an appointment and travelling to a clinic for testing is prohibitive for you, Sleeping Test is a fast and dynamic pathway to get testing done fast so, if needed, you can start sleep apnea treatment as soon as possible.
We’ve made it easier to start your sleep specialist search with a directory for each capital city in Australia. This list is by no means exhaustive and we’re not affiliated with these specialists in any way, but it’s a starting point to get you on your way to a better night’s sleep. An online search will help steer you toward plenty of options near you.
Epworth Sleep Centre
(a private facility that functions independently from the Epworth Healthcare Network)
126 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne 3002
Ph: (03) 9417 5113
Sleep & Respiratory Group
Suite 2, Cabrini Brighton, 243 New Street, Brighton 3186
(also other locations in Camberwell, Berwick, Malvern, Albury and Mildura)
Ph: (03) 9591 0066
Sleep Disorders Service at The Royal Melbourne Hospital
City Campus, Level 5 East, 300 Grattan Street, Parkville 3010
Ph: (03) 9342 7807
Locations include Brisbane South, Bowen Hills, Redlands and Springfield as well as regional towns of Hervey Bay, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns and the Sunshine Coast.
Ph: (07) 3217 2523
Greenslopes Sleep Investigation Centre, Newdegate Street, Greenslopes 3120
(also locations at Redlands and Sunnybank and a bulk-billing facility at Spring Hill)
Ph: (07) 3397 3036
Dr Andrew Rostenstengel
Level 1 Medical Suites
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside
627 Rode Rd, Chermside 4032
Ph: 3350 3060
Sydney Sleep Centre
Suite 203, Level 2, 12-14 O’Connell Street, Sydney 2000
Ph: (02) 9252 6144
Woolcock Institute of Medical Research
431 Glebe Point Road, Glebe 2037
Ph: (02) 9114 0000
Specialist Medical Randwick, Chest & Sleep Centre
Level 2, The Campus Centre, The Prince of Wales Hospital, Barker Street, Randwick, 2031
Canberra Sleep Clinic
Equinox Business Park
Ground Floor, Building 2, 70 Kent Street, Deakin 2600
Ph: (02) 6282 4955
Canberra Health Services Sleep Medicine
Canberra Hospital, Corner of Yamba and Hindmarsh Drive, Garran 2065
Ph: (02) 5124 2066
Sleep & Lifestyle Clinic
61 Dundas Court, Phillip
Ph: (02) 6162 1802
Darwin Private Respiratory & Sleep Health
Darwin Private Hospital, Rocklands Drive, Tiwi NT 0810
Ph: (08) 8945 1972
CLM Sleep Co.
Shop 17B, Hibiscus Shoping Centre, 8 Leanyer Drive, Leanyer 0812
Ph: (08) 8981 1568
NT Medical Specialist
21 Vanderlin Drive, Wanguri 0810
Ph: (08) 7913 7873
Perth Respiratory and Sleep Clinic
Suite 27, 146 Mounts Bay Road, Perth 6000
Ph: (08) 9841 2244
Perth Oral Medicine & Dental Sleep Centre
West Leaderville, Jandakot, Padbury and Midland
Ph: (08) 9376 6789
Dr Jack Philpott
Hollywood Medical Centre, Suite 38, 85 Monash Ave, Nedlands 6009
Ph: 1300 570 700
1138a South Road, Clovelly Park 5042
Ph: (08) 8373 4430
Level 5, 120 Angas Street
Ph: (08) 8359 2411
North Eastern Community Hospital
580 Lower North East Road, Campbelltown SA 5074
Ph: (08) 8364 4434
Hobart Sleep Clinic
Health Dynamics Suite 1, Ground Floor, 2-8 Kirksway Place, Battery Point 7004
Ph: 1300 626 730
Health Dynamics Tasmania
Hobart, Launceston and Devonport
Ph: 1300 731 615
Level 4, 18A / 33 Salamanca Place, Battery Point 7004
Ph: (03) 6288 8070
If you look above at your state’s capital you might see options of sleep apnea specialists based in regional towns as well as cities. You’ll also be able to search for specialists who work exclusively near you.
The sleep apnea specialists listed above are a starting point but there are plenty of other options for you depending on your preferences and location. And don’t forget about the option for having a sleep apnea testing device delivered by Sleeping Test direct to your door.