If you are one of the millions of people diagnosed with sleep apnea each year, you may have questions about your condition. Here are some of the frequently asked questions and answers about this sleep disorder.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder where breathing is interrupted during sleep. There are two types – obstructive and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type, resulting in a blocked airway during sleep. This can cause snoring, gasping and reduced oxygen during sleep, which can impact overall health.
Are Snoring and Sleep Apnea the Same Disorder?
While almost everyone who has sleep apnea snores, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Snoring can occur due to vibrations in the soft palate, but if the airway is still open, it is not sleep apnea. Snoring is a key indicator of sleep apnea, but it is not the only symptom of the disorder.
Who is at Higher Risk for Sleep Apnea?
Men are more likely to have sleep apnea than women. Other risk factors include obesity, larger neck size, a family history of sleep apnea and acid reflux.
What Treatments are Available for Sleep Apnea?
There are a variety of options to restore better sleep for those with sleep apnea. Breathing strips can help some people with mild sleep apnea or snoring. CPAP, APAP or EPAP machines can change the air pressure while sleeping and increase airflow and oxygen for the patient. Surgery can be used in severe cases to remove excess soft tissue. At Buford Sleep, we offer oral appliances that are customized to adjust the position of the jaw. This is an effective and non-invasive treatment option for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?
Sleep apnea can impact your breathing while you sleep. Your breathing can be interrupted up to 100 times per night. Not only does this impact your sleep pattern, but it can also restrict oxygen to the brain and body. Sleep apnea is dangerous to your health. It is a risk factor that is linked to high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue and many other adverse symptoms.
Is Sleep Apnea Treatment Covered by Insurance?
Our clinic at Buford Sleep accepts many forms of insurance. Sleep apnea treatment is often covered by medical insurance once a sleep study and diagnosis are confirmed.
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