I have questions….
Do I need to try a CPAP first?
Most of the time, you do not, but some insurance companies may require it before they will process an oral appliance.
What is the difference between snoring and sleep apnea?
Snoring is the movement of structures within your throat during the obstructive movement of air while you sleep. This can be nothing more than some harmless noise, or it can be a sign of more serious underlying conditions.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious and lethal medical condition in which you stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. Commonly if someone had sleep apnea, they will snore as well.
How much will your appliance cost me?
This is dependent on your medical insurance and how much deductible you have. We have had several people who had minimal or no out-of-pocket cost.
Do I need to have a sleep study?
Yes you do. There must be a medical diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea for insurance to cover the cost of an appliance. We also must rule out the existence of other sleep disorders.
How is sleep apnea treated?
1) CPAP - This is a machine which forces air continuously through your nose to keep your airway open so you can continue to breath all night. This is the most common form of treatment, however, a lot of people cannot tolerate this method of treatment.
2) Surgery - Tissue in the nose and throat may be either removed and rearranged to allow for a better movement of air. This will typically be the last option people go with due to its invasive nature.
3) Oral appliances - This is an oral device that is custom fit to your teeth by a Liberty Sleep Solutions specialist, which helps realign your jaws to allow for more air movement during sleep. It is comfortable, noiseless and easy to travel with.
How common is sleep apnea?
It is believed that sleep apnea affects more than 20 million Americans, and roughly 90% of those are undiagnosed.
What happens if i decide not to treat my sleep apnea?
Untreated sleep apnea will lead to an increased incidence of high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and many other conditions.