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!