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  • Sleep Apnea FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have or think you may have sleep apnea, you probably have a lot of questions. At SleepQuest, we have answers. Read our frequently asked questions to find answers on everything from diagnosis to treatment options and beyond.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have or think you may have sleep apnea, you probably have a lot of questions. At SleepQuest, we have answers. Read our frequently asked questions to find answers on everything from diagnosis to treatment options and beyond.

No. You can be tested in the privacy and comfort of your own home with a portable easy-to-use diagnostic device – without having to spend the night at a sleep lab.

Yes. Though sleep apnea is more common in men, about nine percent of women suffer from the condition. Home testing is an excellent option for women who don’t want to sleep overnight in a laboratory.

Most patients begin feeling better within the first week – though some patients may take a bit longer. If you have any concerns, you can talk to one of our Sleep Care Specialists.

Only if you want him to. But it isn’t necessary to achieve successful PAP therapy.

No. Snoring should not occur while using the Auto PAP. If you do snore, your pressure level may need to be adjusted.

Decreased sexual drive in females and erectile dysfunction in males may accompany sleep apnea. Other abnormalities in sexual function can be related to the sleep apnea itself and its complications as well. For instance, many people with sleep apnea are overweight. Aside from body-image issues, sleep apnea sufferers are often tired and lack energy. Some individuals may also have high blood pressure and diabetes. Treating sleep apnea often results in a dramatic improvement in the quality of life – including a quality sex life.

Clinical studies have looked closely at the connection between morning headaches and sleep apnea. In one study, results show that about 34 percent of people with sleep apnea reported having morning headaches. Those with more severe sleep apnea were more likely to wake up in the morning or the middle of the night with a headache. Morning headaches also were more common in women than in men.

Some clinicians believe obstruction of the airway while sleeping causes carbon dioxide (CO2) to build-up in the bloodstream – a condition called hypercapnia. There is also a decrease in oxygen (O2) in the bloodstream which is called hypoxemia. When these two events combine, the body increases blood flow to the brain by dilating the blood vessels that run through it. When these blood vessels dilate, the result can be a headache.

The good news is that studies show that treating sleep apnea with PAP therapy eliminates nighttime and morning headaches in 90 percent of patients by reducing carbon dioxide and increasing oxygen. As normal CO2 and O2 levels are established in the body, the blood vessels will constrict, and the pain will subside.

Yes. While many people with sleep apnea are overweight, the condition occurs among people of all shapes and sizes. In fact, the majority of sleep apnea patients are not overweight. These people still suffer from the same symptoms of loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, cardiovascular complications, morning headaches, memory problems, feelings of depression, acid reflux, nocturia and impotence.

There sure is. The most popular organization is AWAKE (Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic) sponsored by the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA). To find the chapter nearest you, click here.

Washable foam filters should be rinsed with running water and allowed to air dry at least every two weeks – preferably every week. You want the air you breathe every night to be clean. Filters should be replaced every six months. Disposable filters should be replaced once a month. Tubing should be replaced every 30 days. Expect a PAP Mask to remain effective for about six months.

Sinus infections and nasal congestion are often a result of the failure to care for and replace disposable equipment regularly. Staying up to date on your equipment replacement is easy with reminders from SleepQuest.

Absolutely not. Your mask may be too tight, or you could have the wrong mask size. Nasal pillows may provide a better fit. Our Sleep Care Specialists will be happy to help you find a comfortable solution. Whether you’re an existing SleepQuest customer or not, we provide this service at no cost.

If you are purchasing a PAP Machine, a PAP Humidifier, or a PAP Mask, you will need a copy of a prescription written by your doctor. However, a prescription is NOT required if you are purchasing any other supply items.

Nearly every insurance plan covers sleep apnea services. Depending on your plan, you might have a deductible, or a company-funded Health Savings Account that you can pay out of. Even without insurance, an at-home sleep study is always cheaper than an in-lab test and the cost can often be broken up into a convenient payment plan using a credit card, a medical financing card, or even a monthly out-of-pocket payment.

An Auto PAP responds to the individual’s needs throughout the night, providing a range of different pressures that support the airway to keep it open. The device supplies only the required pressure necessary to keep the airway open. During non-REM sleep, the device remains at a lower pressure and only increases pressure to a higher level when a patient is in REM sleep and sleep apnea is at its worst. To keep their airway open, the device will increase pressures just enough to keep the airway open and prevent the patient from awakening. APAP adjusts automatically to the changing needs throughout the night for each patient.

The CPAP device gently blows normal room air at a fixed pressure through a tube which attaches to a small comfortable mask worn over the nose, or both the nose and mouth. The gentle flow of air is carefully measured to keep the airway opened and unobstructed. The airflow also prevents snoring, so sleep is quieter for both the patient and their partner. In general, a prescribed fixed pressure of over 10 cm H2O is less comfortable than an Auto PAP because the Auto PAP spends 80 percent of the night at lower pressures during non-REM sleep.

A BiPAP machine uses two pressure settings for sleep apnea therapy – one set when you inhale, and another for when you exhale. The inhale (inspiratory) pressure is always greater than the exhale (expiratory) pressure. This type of machine is usually used for people who have difficulties with a normal CPAP machine, or for people who have other complicating conditions along with their sleep apnea.

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