+ What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is the pausing or stopping of breathing during sleep. It is caused by a blockage or collapse in the throat when sleeping. These repeated blockages during the night usually leave you tired both in the morning and later in the day! While it may start as a minor inconvenience, this condition raises your risk for other health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes. Snore MD’s expert clinicians specialize in the treatment of sleep apnea...
+ What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
There are many symptoms of sleep apnea. The most common are loud or frequent snoring, daytime sleepiness and fatigue, weight gain, memory loss, headaches and lack of energy. Additionally, some symptoms cannot be seen, such as: high blood pressure, heart disease and depression.
+ How can I treat sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is commonly treated by using a device to open the throat during sleep. This is usually done by CPAP, also known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP is the gold standard of treatment for Sleep Apnea and is the only treatment covered by insurance. Snore MD’s expert Clinicians use the newest, most advanced CPAP equipment.
+ What is CPAP therapy?
The "CPAP" in CPAP therapy stands for "Continuous Positive Airway Pressure". CPAP therapy uses a medical device to create airflow, preventing the throat from collapsing or blocking. It is basically a small box with a quiet fan in it that draws in air, pressurizes it, and humidifies it bfore delivering it to the patient.
CPAP therapy has been around for over thirty years and is regarded as the only effective treatment for sleep apnea. Snore MD has 1000s of happy healthy customers that confirm CPAP therapy works very well.
+ Who pays for my sleep apnea therapy?
Like glasses, or the dentist, CPAP therapy in Canada is typically paid for by third party insurance, commonly known as “work benefits”. The great news is, most insurance companies pay for 80-100% of the costs of CPAP therapy leaving very little $ required by you.
+ Will my insurance cover my sleep apnea treatment?
It will! We take all insurance plans, such as Pacific Blue Cross, Sun Life, Manulife and many more. If you're unsure, bring in your insurance information to your friendly, neighbourhood Snore MD clinic and we can check your coverage for CPAP.
+ Will you process my insurance for me?
We will! We are the insurance experts! No matter the coverage or plan we will help you submit all the necessary forms to your insurance for coverage of the CPAP therapy equipment.
+ How do I use a sleep testing device?
Our sleep testing device is simple and easy to use! Snore MD clinicians will show you how to set up and comfortably wear the device. You will then wear it around your chest during sleep for 2 nights. Snore MD will have your back throughout the entire process.
+ What do I do if I have sleep apnea?
Being diagnosed with sleep apnea is like any other medical diagnosis; Snore MD will review your sleep treatment options and work with you to help adjust to a successful sleep treatment.
+ Are CPAP machines annoying to use?
Wearing a CPAP for the first time can be feel odd, and becoming comfortable with it can take a little time. Our Snore MD clinicians will help you with setup and adjustments to the therapy in our care room before you continue CPAP usage at home. Most Snore MD patients adjust very quickly to CPAP. But don’t worry, we are here for you for life!
+ How do I know if CPAP therapy is working for me?
Many patients feel better after 1-2 nights of sleeping with the CPAP equipment, noticing more energy during the day and improved focus. Some patients may take up to one month to notice a significant improvement in symptoms. Our advice is to communicate your concerns and difficulties with us. Regardless of what happens, we are here to help guide you to better sleep, more energy and better health!
+ Who should I talk to if I think I have sleep apnea?
Snore MD is here for you, from questions about sleep apnea, to troubleshooting any issues that may arise. Snore MD are the sleep apnea experts in British Columbia. We have helped 1000's of patients and can’t wait to help you!
If taking the leap and coming into a sleep clinic is intimidating to start, we recommend speaking to your family doctor, dentist, or specialist about your snoring or sleep apnea.