How is sleep apnea treated?
Treatments range widely and depend on the severity of the problem and the type of apnea. Basic treatment can be behavioral - for instance, patients are instructed to lose weight, stop smoking, or sleep on their sides instead of on their backs. Beyond that, oral devices can be used to position the mouth in such a way that prevents throat blockage. Many people are prescribed CPAP, a breathing machine that uses a mask on your face and a small fan to keep a little pressure in your throat, preventing airway collapse. CPAP treatment, while often effective, is difficult for many people to be comfortable using.
What should I do if I suspect that someone in my family suffers from sleep apnea?
Give us a call, and we can refer you to a sleep apnea specialist. The specialist may recommend a "sleep study" to diagnose the precise extent of the problem, and can prescribe appropriate treatment. Depending on your situation, treatment may involve an oral device that we can custom-create for you.
What about insurance coverage for sleep apnea?
Medical insurance covers sleep apnea like other diseases, and we bill your medical plan for any services related to sleep apnea. We're always happy to talk about any detailed questions you have.