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Old 10-19-2012, 04:34 PM   #1
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Hubby Just diagnosed with Sleep Apnea - what to expect?

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After snoring and me nudging him for the last however many years, my hubby finally got a sleep study last night. They did the kind where you sleep for a while, then they wake you up and try different masks and settings. He said that the last few hours that he had with the mask on were the best he has had in a long time! Im so happy that he is finally getting help!

So, they said a Dr would review the results. Will our family Dr talk to him about it or will the sleep center call us? Then they said they come out to the house to set up the cpap - does insurance cover that? We have bc/bs of DE.....and do we rent the cpap machine or ???

All new to this, so hoping to get some friendly help!!

Thanks everyone!!

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My hubby took the sleep study at home. The mailed the sleep study test and I hooked him up. The next day we shipped it back and they read results. We just received the CPAP today and he has it on now. He showed to have mild apnea, I told them that caught him on a mild night! Cause he can get loud and noisy!!. He quit breathing quite a few times during test. And that was with 10mg ambien. The machine is quiet and all I can hear is his soft breathing sound. I'll keep you posted! Godd luck!
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Re: Hubby Just diagnosed with Sleep Apnea - what to expect?

Most insurances do cover sleep apnea treatment with CPAP, and you can rent initally, then if he is happy with the system and how he feels, you can buy a machine if that seems cost effective considering your copay or % you have to pay for rental. The machine is usually trouble free, but the masks can be a little tricky to find one you like. It definitely takes time to get used to using CPAP, but most people find it helps a great deal with quality of sleep, daytime drowsiness, foggy thinking, etc. Spouses generally sleep better too without the snoring, gasping, restlessness, etc that sleep apnea produces. Once diagnosed you normally keep in touch with periodic visits to the sleep specialist to monitor your apnea episodes, symptoms and maintain your equipment. The machine has a little memory data card that records usage and can be read with each Dr visit to see if pressure settings or anything need adjusted. Sleep apnea can cause many serious problems like high BP, heart disease, low oxygen effects, depression, daytime sleepiness, diabetes, so it is good he got it diagnosed!

 
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