If you have a question about sleep apnea, we have answers! We encourage all current patients and potential future patients to call us to get the information they need regarding their specific concerns about sleep disorders. Of course, we want to make every step of your sleep apnea treatment as convenient for you as possible, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common questions we’ve received. We hope you can find some of the answers you’re looking for below!
Is sleep apnea genetic?
About 40 percent of obstructive sleep apnea can be attributed to genetics. The disorder is more common in those with relatives who also suffered from sleep apnea, although it’s not clear which genes are responsible. Also, obesity (a major sleep apnea risk factor) can have underlying genetic causes. With all that said, 60 percent of sleep apnea cases are caused by environmental or lifestyle factors.
I think I might have sleep apnea, but I am not sure. What should I do?
If you have any reason to suspect that you have sleep apnea, your first step should be to get in touch with Dr. Dean to schedule a consultation. We can evaluate your risk for a sleep disorder and help you take the necessary steps to have a sleep test performed. Once you’ve been properly diagnosed, we can discuss potential treatments that help you find relief while also addressing the cause of the disorder.
I snore a lot. Does that mean I have sleep apnea?
While snoring is one of the most common symptoms to accompany sleep apnea, it doesn’t always point to a sleep disorder. Typically, snoring that is linked to sleep apnea is more frequent and louder compared to regular snoring. Of course, it’s always better to have a sleep test performed if you can’t rule out sleep apnea entirely.
Are there different types of sleep apnea?
Yes. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by soft tissues blocking your airway. Central sleep apnea is caused when the brain fails to control your breathing muscles during sleep. On rare occasions, you might suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea at the same time – a condition appropriately referred to as complex sleep apnea syndrome.
Are oral appliances more effective than CPAP machines?
Generally speaking, CPAP machines are better suited for more severe forms of sleep apnea while oral appliances are more effective for mild to moderate cases. However, oral appliances generally have a better patient adherence rate because they’re far more comfortable to wear, are convenient to pack when traveling, and don’t make any noise that could keep you up at night.
Does insurance cover sleep apnea treatment?
Most insurance policies will help pay for sleep apnea treatment, and oral appliances are usually included under that. However, even though oral appliances can be provided by dentists, they generally aren’t covered by dental insurance; you’ll typically rely on medical insurance instead. We can review your insurance benefits with you and file the necessary claims on your behalf.