Why do I have to have a sleep evaluation before scheduling a sleep study?
Before an overnight sleep study is scheduled, one of our physicians will review your medical history and obtain a detailed account of your sleep problem. This is important to determine if you need an overnight sleep study as there are over 80 sleep disorders and not all require a sleep study. The initial consultation allows the patient to gain an understanding of the possible causes of their sleep problem and learn what to expect during a sleep study, if ordered.
How Do I know if I have a Sleep Disorder?
Warning signs of a sleep disorder may include: excessive daytime sleepiness, snoring, trouble concentrating, depression, witnessed pauses in breathing, frequent night time urination and irritation. You may use our “Do I need a sleep evaluation” questionnaire to help you determine if you may need a sleep evaluation.
Do all people that snore have sleep apnea?
Although the presence of snoring is a strong indicator of obstructive sleep apnea, not all people that snore have sleep apnea. It is important to also realize that not all people that have sleep apnea snore. Your anatomy may play a role in your degree of snoring. Patients with extensive soft palatal tissue, such as a long soft palate or uvula are prone to be loud snorers. Others who have a small mandible in the presence of a normal soft palate can have obstructive sleep apnea even thought they do not snore.
What is CPAP?
CPAP is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.
It is the most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and it consist of an adjustable blower that delivers room air into the airway via a mask that covers the nose or nose and mouth. It acts a pneumatic split to hold the airway open while sleeping.
Will my insurance cover a sleep evaluation?
Almost all health insurance plans cover sleep evaluations, sleep studies and treatment (if indicated). You may contact us to ensue we are in-network with your insurance carrier. We do pre-certifications on sleep center office visits and sleep studies. You may also contact you insurance carrier to determine what benefits you have, how much they will pay toward office visits for sleep specialist, sleep studies (polysomnogram) and CPAP machines.