Sleep Apnea & Health

Faq

My doctor said I need a sleep study, and if I have sleep apnea, I need a CPAP machine. I would like to get the oral device. How do I know what is better for me?

If you are diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea, the first line of treatment is the oral device. If you have severe sleep apnea, you should try the CPAP machine, and if you cannot tolerate it, return it within the 90-day trial period to get the oral device. More importantly, you should be treating your sleep apnea and the best one for you is the one you will wear all night, every night, while you are sleeping.

What is sleep apnea, and how do I know if I have it?

Do you wake up gasping for air? Does your bed partner witness you stop breathing? Do you have high blood pressure? Do you feel tired all day and not well-rested? These are the symptoms, and the only way to be sure you have them is to have a sleep study.

What happens if I do not treat my sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is the cause of many health conditions.  it can increase your risk of a heart attack and stroke as well as increased risk of Alzheimer’s and memory loss. it can also cause high blood pressure, weight gain, urology problems, chronic headaches, and cell deterioration. once you are diagnosed, it does not go away. you need to wear the device nightly for treatment. this will add years to your life.

I currently use a CPAP, and I can not tolerate it. Can I switch to an oral device and have my insurance cover it?

Yes, if you return the CPAP machine within the 90-day trial period and have your sleep doctor write a letter stating you can not tolerate it, we can help you switch with the proper documentation.

How can I get a sleep study through your office?

We work closely with a team of board-certified sleep physicians who offer telehealth visits. They mail you the sleep device, and you complete the study in your own bed!

Does the sleep company you use accept medical insurance?

Yes, they do. They will verify your benefits before you schedule your appointment with the doctor so you can decide if you want to move forward with them.

What are the steps before I get started?

Once you have your sleep study done and we have a prescription for the oral device from your doctor, we will gather all of the documents, verify your benefits, and book you a complimentary consultation for you to come in and meet the doctor to go over your test results and explain the oral device in detail to you.  after you have made an educated decision about treating your sleep apnea, we will scan your teeth and send the scan to the lab to have your precision oral device made specifically for your mouth. we will go over everything at the consultation.

How long does the device last?

If you do not damage the device by accident, it can last up to 10 years. The manufacturer warranty is 3 years and 5 years for Medicare. Most insurances will cover a new device after 3-5 years. 

I use a mouthguard because I grind my teeth. How can I wear both?

You cannot. The oral device will treat your sleep-breathing disorder, and it will also prevent you from grinding your teeth

Does sleep apnea run in the family?

Yes, it does. If you have a family history of sleep apnea, you should get tested for sleep apnea yourself.

I am overall healthy and have a normal BMI. Can I still have sleep apnea?

Yes, 50% of people diagnosed with sleep apnea are obese, but 50% are not obese. a lot of people do not feel the effects of sleep apnea until the disease has caused other medical conditions. such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, GERD, memory, or Alzheimer’s.

Our Office

At The Sleep Apnea Center of Connecticut, we specialize in testing, treatment, and the use of oral appliances as an alternative to CPAP therapy. Our team of specialists will work with you to find the best treatment plan for your individual needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.