FAQs for Sleep Apnea and Sleep-Related Disorders
What is the difference between snoring and sleep apnea?
Snoring and sleep apnea are often used interchangeably, which can be confusing as they are two different things.
Snoring is the sound that’s caused by the vibration of obstructive or blocked air movement. This can be caused by blockages in the airway and/or the nasal passages. Sleep apnea is when, during sleep a person stops breathing even for a brief period of time. Sleep apnea can be caused by an obstruction or a neurological issue.
What are the common indicators of sleep apnea?
The most common indicators of sleep apnea are:
- You’re tired all the time.
- You snore loudly and frequently.
- You’ve woken yourself up in the middle of the night choking or gasping for breath.
- You have high blood pressure or Type 2 Diabetes.
- You wake up with headaches frequently.
- You may be overweight or obese.
- You suffer from mood swings, frequent headaches, and/or irritability.
Do I have a sleep disorder if I just snore?
No. However, if your snoring is waking you up at night or keeping your partner from getting a full night’s rest, you may want to consider getting a sleep study taken. This could help to eliminate any possibility of sleep apnea and help to get you fitted for an oral appliance that will help your snoring.
Do I need to get a sleep study done before I get treatment?
Yes. A sleep study is the most beneficial thing that you can do in order to find out what exactly is happening to you while you sleep. After your initial consultation, Comfort Sleep Solutions will schedule a time that is convenient for you to perform the sleep study. From the information that is gathered from the study, our specialist will be able to determine what treatment will be the most suitable for you. This can range from simple sleep hygiene changes to getting fitted with a CPAP machine and more.
Will medical insurance cover sleep apnea treatment?
Generally speaking, most medical insurance will cover sleep apnea treatment. It is important that you check with your insurance provider to make sure that you are covered prior to your consultation. If you’re unsure of what information you need to provide your insurance with, we can help.