Sleep apnea is a potentially deadly condition, but it’s also highly treatable. The problem is that most people who have it don’t know they have it. That’s why screening and diagnosis are so critical. Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, there are many treatment options available, and your doctor might recommend a treatment that you either don’t want, can’t tolerate, or you think might be risky. It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion on any medical treatment.
Why Get a Second Opinion?
The only way to properly diagnose sleep apnea is with a sleep study. However, your doctor might not refer you for a sleep study because they are using a flawed screening instrument or perhaps they don’t understand the significance of sleep apnea. If you are having trouble getting a sleep study, we can refer you to a sleep doctor who will make sure you get tested.
There are two types of sleep studies. Usually, people take a home sleep test. This works for most people, but it might not work for you. If there are reasons to believe your sleep study wasn’t accurate, we can help you get a test in a sleep lab.
Sometimes, there might be problems interpreting your sleep study. If you’re unsure that your doctor has properly interpreted the results of your sleep study, we can refer you to a second sleep doctor who will look them over.
Understanding Sleep Apnea
Doctors Prescribe CPAP Reflexively
Doctors Don’t Know Oral Appliances Are a Frontline Treatment
Doctors Won’t Evaluate Your Airway
Doctors Don’t Think about Your Time and Expense
It’s a common problem that doctors prescribe treatments and medications without considering what they will cost you, and with CPAP that can be a lot. While your insurance company will cover some of the cost of your CPAP, you still have deductibles and co pays, not to mention the time and effort it takes to get your CPAP fitted and titrated.
Then you have to try to get used to it for several months. And if you’re not careful about returning your machine on time, you might end up getting stuck paying for a machine you can’t use. Sometimes it’s better to skip that time and expense and go right to a sleep apnea treatment you will use.