In our clinic we treat the following sleep disorders:
About Dr Lee
Dr. Lee Yeow Hian is a Consultant Chest and Sleep Physician and a Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine currently practicing in the Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre.
Dr. Lee graduated with honours from the Faculty of Medicine at the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1997. He underwent his basic medical training in the United Kingdom, during which he worked in the Regional Respiratory Unit in Northern Ireland. Subsequent to becoming a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), he embarked upon his higher specialist training in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine in Alexandra Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore.
He was awarded the Health Manpower Development Program Award to do a fellowship in Sleep Medicine in The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, where he trained under world leaders in Sleep Medicine such as Professor Ron Grunstein. During his time in the Centre for Respiratory Failure and Sleep disorders in The Royal Prince Alfred, he honed his interest not only in the management of sleep disorders but also in that of chronic respiratory failure, including the use of non-invasive as well as invasive ventilation both in the hospital as well as in the home setting.
He published his thesis on “The prevalence and risk factors for sleep-disordered breathing in a multiethnic population of morbidly obese patients presenting for bariatric surgery” and obtained his Masters degree in Sleep Medicine with the University of Sydney in 2007, where he worked with another doyen in the field of Sleep Medicine, Professor Colin Sullivan, the inventor of CPAP (Continuous Airway Pressure) therapy. This makes him one of the few Sleep Medicine Specialists in Singapore with formal qualifications registrable with the Singapore Medical Council.
He is accredited as a specialist in intensive care medicine by the Ministry of Health in Singapore and was appointed as a trainer in intensive care medicine by the joint committee on specialist training. As part of his contribution to intensive care medicine, he was appointed as a core faculty member of the Simulation and Integrated Medical Training Advancement Centre in Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Since coming back to Singapore, Dr. Lee was appointed as the principal physician in charge of the sleep laboratory in Alexandra Hospital and subsequently in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Prior to coming out to private practice, he was a Consultant in the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where he was instrumental in developing the sleep services. He continues to be a visiting consultant and helms the sleep services in both Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
Dr. Lee is recognized for his expertise in Sleep Medicine and has been invited to speak at major scientific conferences internationally as well as in the region, including the World Congress of Sleep Apnoea in Seoul in 2009.
Lee Respiratory and Sleep Clinic
38 IRRAWADDY ROAD #08-27 SINGAPORE 329563
MOUNT ELIZABETH NOVENA SPECIALIST CENTRE
Our doctor is on the following insurance panels:
Adept Health (Great Eastern)
Aliance Healthcare (GE Supremecare; NTUC i Medicare & Pru Priority Plus)
Fullerton Healthcare (AIA & Prushield)
IHP (Integrated healthcare Plan)
MHC (NTUC and AVIVA)
Lee Respiratory and Sleep Clinic, located in Singapore, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a disorder characterized by repeated episodes of upper airway collapse during sleep. It can affect individuals of any age, but is more common in middle-aged adults, especially men. Symptoms of OSA include loud snoring, gasping, choking during sleep, restless sleep, frequent awakenings, and waking up feeling unrefreshed.
OSA is often associated with being overweight, as excess fatty tissue around the neck can compress the airway during sleep. Other factors that contribute to OSA include narrow airways from birth or inherited facial structures. Asians, who generally have narrower facial and jaw structures compared to Caucasians, have a higher tendency to develop OSA if they are overweight.
Untreated OSA is a risk factor for various health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, abnormal heart rhythms, stroke, and diabetes. It can also cause low testosterone levels in men. Despite increasing awareness, OSA remains underdiagnosed, even in patients with moderate to severe disease.
To diagnose OSA, it is recommended to consult a sleep physician who will assess your symptoms, medical history, and perform a physical examination. An overnight sleep study may be ordered to measure sleep, breathing, and oxygen levels. The study involves placing wires on the scalp to record brain waves, eye movements, and body movements during sleep. The test can be conducted in a hospital or at home with the assistance of a sleep technician.
Treatment options for OSA include lifestyle modifications and specific treatments. The most common and effective treatment is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP involves wearing a mask that covers the nose or nose and mouth while a pump provides air under gentle pressure to keep the airway open during sleep. CPAP machines with computer chips can adjust pressure based on breathing patterns throughout the night.
Surgical treatments may be considered for individuals who are intolerant of CPAP or have nasal obstruction. However, success rates vary, and surgery is generally regarded as a treatment of last resort. Mandibular advancement devices, which hold the jaw forward, can be used for mild to moderate OSA in individuals with healthy teeth and no jaw joint problems.
There are no effective drugs or marketed remedies for treating sleep apnea. Losing weight can be beneficial in improving sleep apnea symptoms, but it is important to consult with a sleep physician before considering changes to CPAP treatment.
For more information about the clinic’s services or to provide feedback, you can contact Lee Respiratory and Sleep Clinic via phone at +65 62585238.