You needn’t visit the clinic to be tested for sleep apnea
Does insurance pay for the sleep test?
Most private health insurance companies cover both the home sleep test and the in-lab sleep test. Apnea Health would be happy to contact your insurance company for you to inquire about coverage.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep. The pauses in breathing are called apneas and they are occur when tissues in the throat collapse preventing oxygen from reaching the lungs.
How common is sleep apnea?
- 1 of every 5 adults has at least a mild form of sleep apnea (20%)
- 1 of every 15 adults has at least moderate sleep apnea (6.6%)
- 2 to 3% of children are likely to have sleep apnea
- Over 1 in 4 (26%) Canadian adults have a high risk of having or developing obstructive sleep apnea.
Do all patients with sleep apnea snore?
No, snoring is one sign that one may have apnea. You can snore and not have apnea, and you can have apnea and not snore.
What’s the difference between mild, moderate and severe sleep apnea?
Respirologists (sleep doctors) decide if your sleep apnea is mild, moderate, or severe by counting how many times you stop breathing per hour. Pauses in breathing are called apneas.
- 5 to 15 events per hour : Mild sleep apnea
- 15 to 30 events per hour : Moderate sleep apnea
- over 30 events per hour : Severe sleep apnea
In determining your treatment path, respirologists also consider the following by consulting with you post test:
- How sleepy you feel
- How low your oxygen level dips
- How long your oxygen level stays below 90%
- Other medical conditions you may have, such as heart disease
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