Atul Khullar, MD MSc FRCPC DABPN (Cert Sleep Medicine), FAASM, Northern Alberta Sleep Clinic, Edmonton, AB

Moderator: Robert Skomro, MD, FRCPC, University of Saskachewan, Saskatoon, SK

This session will provide the clinician with an overview of types of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and how they present in patients. Major contributors to EDS such as mental health concerns, a symptom of residual obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and other sleep disorders will be reviewed. A practical approach to the diagnosis/assessment of EDS with a focus on effective utilization of sleep specialists and sleep testing will also be discussed. The session will conclude with an overview of non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments for the management of EDS with a focus on data in residual obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize patients presenting with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS);
  • Assess possible causes for patient’s EDS (including a residual symptom of obstructive sleep apnea) and when to refer for sleep testing and/or sleep specialist intervention
  • Understand pharmacological and non pharmacological treatment options available for EDS and consider intergration for patients with residual obstructive sleep apnea

CanMEDS Roles Addressed: Communicator, Health Advocate, Medical Expert, Professional, Scholar

This session is co-developed by the Canadian Thoracic Society and Paladin Labs and is planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.