Sleep Apnea FAQ
What Patients Are Asking
Sleep Apnea FAQ
Is snoring a health concern?
Snoring can be a relationship problem but also a sign of very serious medical problems. Although snoring is very common, it is a form of abnormal breathing and can be caused by partial blockage of airflow to the lungs. The prevailing concern with snoring is that it may represent one of the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which has many adverse health implications.
Why is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) a serious health concern?
Sleep apnea is a condition that should be taken very seriously. When left untreated, OSA can increase the risk for developing cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Sleep apnea is one of the main conditions that leads to the inability to memorize and concentrate on day-to-day tasks due to the associated fatigue. These symptoms are notorious for impairing one’s ability to drive safely. As a result, sleep apnea is one of the major causes of car accidents.
Who is at risk for OSA?
Although men tend to be at a slightly higher risk, both genders can develop OSA. Incidence rises as we age, however, even children can develop this problem. Excess weight and obesity are strongly associated with OSA.
How long have Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America (SATCOA) doctors been performing the radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedure?
For more than a decade, SATCOA has been researching and successfully performing this procedure. Our physicians have been proprietary trained to perform RFA, in addition, to bringing significant experience with other otolaryngology techniques in order to treat OSA.
Why are there not more doctors performing this procedure?
These advanced procedures are specialized and perfected by SATCOA. This procedure is on the cutting edge of medical technology and SATCOA is at the forefront of the movement to let more people know that there are other options for treating sleep apnea. In addition, these highly specialized methods are not taught in medical schools or residency programs and very few physicians are aware that major insurance carriers, such as Medicare and UnitedHealthcare, have been reimbursing for this procedure since 2009. Our team of physicians have successfully performed thousands of RFA procedures across the United States.
While similar procedures are offered by other practitioners, our highly skilled physicians are able to advance the in-office approach to sleep apnea treatment through their extensive experience.
Will I be able to sleep without my continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine?
This treatment option is an alternative to CPAP. Most of our patients will either be able to reduce their use of the CPAP machine or forgo all together. The potential cure for each patient is determined by the severity of OSA, CPAP settings and outcome of the procedure.
Is this a CPAP alternative?
Yes. If you are looking to stop using your CPAP machine, the RFA procedure may be an alternative. There are other alternatives on the market today but the SATCOA procedure is extremely effective at reducing or eliminating patients’ use of their CPAP machine.
Still have questions not addressed in our sleep apnea FAQs? Contact us today so we can gladly answer any questions you may have. Or call to speak with one of our medical concierges at 1-855-863-4537 to schedule a free consultation when it’s convenient for you.