If you have questions about sleep apnea treatment, you are not alone. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about sleep apnea and treatment that we hear at Marietta Sleep.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Pauses in breathing or very shallow breathing during sleep indicate sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is a neurological disorder that is rare, causing the body to “forget” to breathe. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type, which occurs when soft tissues block the airway while sleeping.
How Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treated?
There are several different options for treating sleep apnea. Conservative, non-invasive treatments for mild to moderate sleep apnea include using nasal breathing strips or oral appliance therapy. For moderate to severe sleep apnea, more invasive approaches may be needed, including CPAP, APAP and EPAP machines or oral surgery.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
The most common symptom of sleep apnea is loud, continuous snoring. Gasping for breath or gurgling noises while sleeping is also common. The waking symptoms of sleep apnea can include morning headaches, brain fog, fatigue, mood swings and trouble concentrating.
What Are the Health Risks of Sleep Apnea?
Long-term health risks of living with untreated sleep apnea are extreme. The lack of oxygen and sleep deprivation can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, ADHD, depression and many other health concerns.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
The use of an oral appliance designed specifically for sleep apnea patients can open the airway and improve quality of sleep. The devices are designed to adjust the jaw to keep soft tissues from blocking the airway, alleviating breathing pauses, snoring and gasping while sleeping. There are many different designs to accommodate the different obstruction issues, with each customized to fit the patient’s teeth and jaw.
Does Insurance Cover Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Most health insurance plans will cover sleep apnea treatment if the disorder is diagnosed by a physician and treatment is prescribed. This can include oral appliance therapy. We accept many types of insurance at Marietta Sleep for our sleep apnea treatments.
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