THE FACTS + FIGURES
What about insurance coverage?
Better Sleep Inc. accepts most major medical insurances including Tricare and Medicare. Our team works tirelessly to ensure we obtain the best possible coverage for you before moving forward with treatment. We take the time to review your benefits with you, discuss your options and help you make informed decision about your future.
What Is sleep apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat, blocking air flow into the lungs in a relaxed state. Lacking oxygen, the brain awakens the sleeping person to breathe (up to 300 times/night), depriving the person of essential REM sleep and causing other health issues associated with a chronic lack of sleep or proper oxygen levels.
Is sleep deprivation harmful to my health?
Absolutely. Sleep apnea can disrupt a patient’s deep sleep cycle, causing persistent sleep deprivation and a variety of other issues. Not only can this make a person feel tired and fatigued throughout the day, it can also lead to increased risk for high blood pressure, depression, headaches, ADHD symptoms, diabetes, stroke, or heart failure. Men with moderate to severe OSA are 3x more likely to suffer a stroke and 40% also experience sexual dysfunction as a result of sleep deprivation or oxygen desaturation while sleeping. More than 50% of sudden deaths related to OSA occur in the middle of the night between 10pm and 6am.
How is sleep apnea treated?
Sleep apnea is often treated through altered sleep hygiene regimens, such as getting moderate exercise or limiting caffeine, alcohol and food consumption late in the day. Breathe Right® strips and similar products can also ease sleep apnea in conjunction with CPAP machines or custom oral appliances. Surgical options are also available depending on the patient but not typically the first option. Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery, or MMA surgery, tightens the soft palate and enlarges the upper airways by pulling the upper and lower jaws forward. ENT surgeons can perform soft palate surgery, or Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). These treatments are recommended only if the throat or mouth have severe obstruction and recovery time is appropriate with a healthy margin for success.
What is CPAP therapy?
CPAP, is also known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Using a latex mask, the CPAP machine presses air gently through the nose and mouth and into the lungs. The consistent pressure allows the sleeping patient to take deep, uninterrupted breaths, without the tissues in the back of the throat collapsing. However, some patients react negatively to CPAP, since in some cases the machine can cause extreme discomfort, exposure to germs or cause allergic reactions. Better Sleep Inc. offers snoring device alternatives for those who are CPAP-intolerant as well as oral appliances to achieve similar, successful results.
What is oral appliance therapy?
There are over 15 years of evidence supporting the effectiveness of oral appliances and the industry continues to grow. This specially designed "mouth piece" fits over your teeth and is custom-made for you with precision and advanced training in dental sleep medicine. Our custom-designed oral devices gently realigns the tongue and jaw to assure an open airway and allow normal air flow to the lungs as you sleep. With your oral appliance, you receive six months of adjustments and progress checks to ensure you are reaching your goals.
How much does treating sleep apnea cost?
Every patient's case is different but our team works to find the best solution for the least cost to you! Our mission is to help diagnose and successfully treat sleep apnea, lowering the number of undiagnosed cases in the U.S. To do this, we work closely with your physicians or ours, insurance providers and the lab to keep costs down and satisfaction high. The WatchPAT One, if dispensed from our office (RX only) costs a flat fee of $100. Alternatively, one of our specialists is always on deck to meet with you and if deemed appriopriate, send you home with the same WatchPAT One home sleep test, costing only your co-pay for the appointment. What happens next, is diagnosing you in the mild, moderate or severe range and presenting you with a number of options for treatment. Depending on your desired course of treatment, your sleep team will review all insurance coverage or cash/credit options. We never begin treatment until you are happy with the coverage and plan.