- How do I know if I am at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (“OSA”)?
- Is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (“CPAP”) adequate to treat my OSA?
- Is there a procedure or procedures that can eliminate the need for CPAP?
- What is involved with a sleep study?
- What are the risks of not treating OSA?
- If a surgical procedure is elected how much time would be required away from work or normal activities?
- If I snore does that mean I have OSA?
- General Questions?
Is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (“CPAP”) adequate to treat my OSA?
Absolutely, as long as you are compliant and use CPAP as prescribed. Overall, however, there is only an approximate 30-35% compliance rate due to a variety of reasons. Also, over 75% of people who use CPAP would like to eliminate it if possible.
Is there a procedure or procedures that can eliminate the need for CPAP?
Yes – there are a variety of procedures that may eliminate your need for CPAP depending on the severity of your disorder. Palatal surgery, bite appliances, and tongue surgery all may help in mild to moderate cases as determined from a sleep study. If you suffer from moderately severe to severe OSA, Bimaxillary advancement would be the recommended procedure to eliminate your CPAP dependence.
What is involved with a sleep study?
Most insurance plans currently require an inpatient overnight study called an attended study. However, this is rapidly changing, and many plans now accept an at home study where you can complete the process in the comfort of your own home. Based on these results specific treatment recommendations will be made.
What are the risks of not treating OSA?
The medical risks are numerous and increase over time. These include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, depression, accidents, and poor job performance. All are effectively eliminated or minimized by treating your sleep disorder.
If a surgical procedure is elected how much time would be required away from work or normal activities?
You are generally able to return to work and light physical activity within 2 weeks of your surgical procedure.
If I snore does that mean I have OSA?
No. All sleep apnea patients snore, but not all snorers have sleep apnea. If you have noticeable snoring causing problems with your sleep partner, an evaluation may be indicated.