Auckland Sleep works with a team of specialists who tackle troubled sleep from every angle. Studies show that a multidisciplinary approach is the most effective way to treat sleep disorders. This approach ensures you are seen by the right specialist for your specific condition. It allows for the most comprehensive treatments plans and the best chance of long-term sleep success.
Dr Sumit Samant is an upper airway surgeon specialising in surgery for the nose and sinuses to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. He is a New Zealand trained Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of the national training committee in ENT.
He is the Chair of the Regional Auckland Sleep Multi-Disciplinary Meeting and also a member of the International Surgical Sleep Society, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Australasian Sleep Association and the World Sleep Society.
Sumit founded Auckland Sleep to promote better outcomes for patients suffering from sleep disorders.
Having noticed patients continually struggling with poor sleep despite clinical therapies, his goal was to change the approach of diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.
Sleep is complex. The root cause of a sleep disorder could be physiological, psychological, emotional, or environmental – or a combination of these. Sumit believed a multidisciplinary approach was needed to diagnose and treat troubled sleep holistically. Backed by studies on the success of this holistic approach, Sumit created Auckland Sleep.
The philosophy of the service is to reduce and standardise the costs associated with the management of sleep-related problems. To achieve this, Auckland Sleep works with a broad range of physicians and specialists from different backgrounds collaborating for better patient outcomes. We aim to break silos of traditional sleep treatment—all clinicians and therapists share information to formulate custom treatment plans for individual patients. The team at Auckland Sleep emphasises ongoing support, ensuring all patients remain on the right track to a better night’s sleep.
An ENT doctor examines the throat and nasal passages for issues or obstructions that could affect your breathing as you sleep. This examination is a very important part of correctly diagnosing the cause of your sleep problems. An ENT surgeon can recommend and perform corrective surgery to treat airway obstructions.
A sleep physician gives you a formal diagnosis of your sleep disorder, organises a sleep evaluation, refers you to other specialists, and oversees your treatment plan. A sleep physician will oversee and coordinate non-surgical treatments such as continuous airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.
A jaw surgeon performs procedures such as Maxillo Mandibular Advancement (MMA) to expand the bony confines of the upper airway.
A Sleep Dentist manufactures custom-made dental appliances to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea.
A bariatric surgeon performs weight loss surgery. Excess weight around the neck area is a major cause of sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and snoring. Bariatric surgery is recommended only after lifestyle adjustments and CPAP therapy have failed.
A psychotherapist helps to treat insomnia triggered by mental conditions such as stress, anxiety, or depression. A psychotherapist also practices cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which addresses behaviours contributing to insomnia.
A dietician provides meal plans and nutritional information to help you lose weight and keep the weight off. Obesity is a leading cause of sleep disorders. A dietician can help you adjust your diet and provides ongoing support on your weight loss journey.
A physical trainer helps you lose weight and achieve more restful sleep through physical exercise. Exercise increases the time you spend in deep sleep. A personal trainer can help you stay motivated during your weight loss journey.
A sleep coach provides ongoing support throughout your treatment journey by checking in on your progress and making sure you stay on the right track. They will educate you on good sleep hygiene habits and can help you create a restful sleeping environment.