Have a question about Pulmonary Care of Central Florida or your treatment with us? Take a look at some of our frequently asked questions (FAQs) below. If you still have a question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

General Questions

  1. Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor to see a specialist at PCCL?
     Yes, most insurance companies will require that you have a referral from your primary care physician; otherwise you could be responsible for the whole doctor bill.
  2. What can I expect on my first visit with the doctor?
    Your first appointment will consist of a daytime to visit to our office where you will meet our specialists. You will be asked a series of questions about any medications you take, your medical history, and the reason for your visit. Following questioning, one of our specialists will perform an exam of your pulmonary system.
  3. What if you do not accept my insurance?
    PCCL accepts some insurances. See our complete list of insurances we accept here.

Pulmonary Medicine FAQ

  1. What is pulmonary medicine?
    Pulmonary medicine deals with many diseases and conditions, including: ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome), asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, lung transplants, occupational lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary, tuberculosis, sarcoidosis of the lungs, and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Pulmonary medicine is also sometimes called pulmonology which is the science concerned with the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the lungs.
  2. What are common pulmonary diseases?
     Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is considered the most common pulmonary disease.
  3. What are common pulmonary procedures?
     The two most common procedures are Pulmonary Function Tests and Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy. Click each for detailed information.
  4. What are common pulmonary tests?
  5. What are common pulmonary medicines?
    • Bronchodilators (inhalers)
    • Corticosteroids (steroids)
    • Oxygen Therapy
    • Breathing Machines
  6. What does pulmonary rehabilitation entail?

    Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a series of programs used to help people that suffer from chronic breathing problems. Included in rehab can be but not limited to:

    • Strength Training
    • Diet Modification
    • Breathing Exercises
    • Lifestyle Changes
    • Support Groups
    • Lung disease Education

Sleep Medicine FAQ

  1. What is sleep medicine?
    Sleep medicine is a specialty branch of medicine that focuses on diagnosis and therapy of sleeping disorders.
  2. What are common sleep-related disorders?
    • Insomnia
    • Narcolepsy
    • Nightmares
    • Sleep talking
    • Sleep walking
    • Circadian Rhythm Sleeping Disorder
    • Sleep Apnea
    • Bed Wetting
    • Excessive Sleepiness
  3. How do I know if I have a sleep disorder?
    • You still feel tired after getting 8 hours of sleep.
    • You snore while you sleep.
    • You nod off or fall asleep a lot during the day.
    • You’ve had trouble sleeping for a long period of time.
    • Another health condition is keeping you awake.
  4. What does a CPAP machine do?
    Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is a common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. It includes a small machine that supplies a constant and steady air pressure, a hose, and a mask or nosepiece.
  5. Are there alternatives to CPAP?
    Yes, the two main alternatives are oral appliances like mouth guards and upper airway stimulation devices.
  6. How do you test for sleep disorders?
    If you feel you may have a sleeping disorder, you can schedule an appointment with us to do a sleep study.
  7. What happens when I schedule a sleep study?
  8. How do you treat sleep disorders?
    Depending on the results of your study, different options may be available to you such as sleeping devices or certain medication.

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