What are the treatment options for sleep apnea?
There are a few changes you can make yourself to reduce sleep apnea or snoring. We have compiled a list in one of our recent articles 10 things you can do yourself to reduce sleep apnea and snoring
If you have significant sleep apnea confirmed by a sleep study, the first line of treatment is usually a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) appliance. This is a machine you sleep with that pushes air through a mask to help keep your airway open.
Oral appliances may also be used as a first line of treatment in light to moderate sleep apnea cases or after a CPAP has been tried and was not well tolerated.
But how to know if you have sleep apnea? A home sleep study will is the only way to know for sure but doctors use a simple questionnaire to predict the likeliness a patient has sleep apnea. This 1 minute questionnaire has become standard in most accredited sleep centers.
Finally, there are many types of surgery that may improve or cure sleep apnea permanently. The surgeon needs to assess the anatomy of your airway and the severity of your condition to decide which procedure is possible.
Learn more about surgical procedures to treat sleep apnea and snoring
How sleepy are you?
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale assesses your level of daytime sleepiness and can determine if a meeting with a sleep specialist is warranted.
Are home sleep tests covered by insurance
Home sleep tests are covered by most private insurance providers. We would be happy to check your coverage for you.
What is the difference between a level 1 and level 3 sleep test?
A level 1 Sleep Study (polysomnography) is a sleep test requiring the patient to sleep over in a sleep lab. This is considered the highest level and accuracy of testing standards.
A Level 3 Sleep Study (in-home portable sleep monitoring) is a sleep test where the patient brings home a device to be worn overnight. This device will capture data which will then be analyzed by a Dorma Labs medical professional
Do I need a doctor referral for a sleep test?
A sleep test must be prescribed by a medical professional. The Dorma Lab team offers free consultations with our medical professionals to help asses patients and prescribe sleep tests if necessary