Sleep Apnea Treatment – Denton, TX
Helping You Breathe Easier During the Night
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that’s estimated to impact more than 20 million people in the United States, 80% of which remain undiagnosed, and therefore, untreated. When this condition is left unaddressed, it can lead to a variety of problems that affect day-to-day life as well as mental and physical health, like chronic fatigue, increased risk of medical conditions, moodiness, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and more. At Star Sleep & Wellness in Denton, our sleep specialists conduct comprehensive examinations to help diagnose, treat, and maintain healthy sleep balance, improving your daily life and health. Call our team today to schedule a consultation for sleep apnea treatment in Denton.
Sleep Apnea Basics
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes cessation of breathing periodically as you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of this disorder, which develops when soft tissues within the mouth collapse onto the throat and obstruct the airway. As a result, improper airflow can cause you to struggle, awaking panicked and gasping for breath one, two, or several times throughout the night. Without treatment, OSA can lead to damage to the body and brain, ultimately impacting overall health.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can affect people of all ages, from children to adults. It most commonly affects individuals who:
- Have excessive amount of fat around the neck area
- Consume excessive amounts of alcohol
- Smoke or use tobacco products
- Have a family history of sleep apnea
- Have a narrow airway
- Have enlarged tonsils or lymphatic tissues
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Sleep apnea can cause a variety of symptoms and being able to identify one or more of them can help determine whether professional help is needed. Some signs of this disorder include:
- Chronic snoring
- Daytime fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Ceased breathing for 10 or more seconds during sleep
- Irritability, moodiness
- Dry mouth or sore throat
- Frequent urination throughout the night
- Morning headaches
- Lack of libido
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): This is the most common type of sleep apnea that affects millions of people across the country. It’s distinguished from the other types by frequent blockage of the airway as a result of collapsing soft oral tissues. This limits airflow, resulting in halted breathing and interrupted sleep.
- Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): This type of sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t signal the body to breathe while asleep, resulting in stopped breathing throughout the night.
- Complex Sleep Apnea: This is a combination of both central and obstructive sleep apnea.
How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
Our team of experts at Star Sleep & Wellness in Denton has the knowledge, skills, and technology to diagnose sleep apnea, like our in-house sleep lab. Instead of being referred out to other physicians and labs, we’ll monitor your heart rate, breathing patterns, and vitals that help us prepare a formal diagnosis all under our roof.
For your convenience and comfort, we also offer at-home sleep testing. It’s easy to use, only requiring that you wear a special device while you sleep that will monitor many of the same vitals that we do with our in-house test.
During your consultation, one of our team members will help determine which type of test is best for your individual needs.
Is Sleep Apnea Treatment Covered by Insurance?
Medical insurance does offer benefits towards sleep apnea therapy coverage with a formal diagnosis. We are in-network with many leading insurance providers as well as Medicare and Tricare so you can get the treatment you need without stressing. Our financial team works to pre-authorize your coverage to guarantee acceptance, all while maximizing your benefits to minimize any out-of-pocket costs expenses. Our team will provide a thorough explanation before treatment begins, should any additional costs be necessary.