SAN ANTONIO – Are you feeling tired throughout the day?
You may be experiencing sleep apnea symptoms if you find it difficult to stay awake during the day, or if you snore loudly throughout the night.
The Center for Sleep Apnea and Snoring has answered five commonly asked questions about sleep apnea.
No. 1: Is sleep apnea common? Can people have sleep apnea and not know it?
According to the Center for Sleep Apnea and Snoring, more than 18 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea. Also, a large percentage of patients at the center do not actually snore, experts said.
No. 2: Can sleep apnea seriously affect your health?
Sleep apnea can put a huge strain on vital organs and can really affect your whole quality of life, the center said.
No. 3: Do drugs and alcohol worsen sleep apnea problems?
Alcohol and caffeine should not be consumed within a few hours of bedtime, according to the center.
No. 4: Can sleep apnea be treated?
Once a sleep assessment is taken, the center offers its patients oral therapy with a device that is fitted to your mouth by a specialist. The oral appliance will free your lungs so that you may get the proper airflow and stop snoring while sleeping.
No. 5: Does insurance help cover sleep apnea treatments?
Many insurances, including Medicare and PPOs, do cover oral appliance therapy.
Whether you’re suffering from a lack of a good night’s rest, or you struggle with sleep apnea, the Center for Sleep Apnea and Snoring is dedicated to finding the ideal treatment for your needs.
Find out if you are at risk of sleep apnea by taking an easy sleep assessment.