Sleep Apnea: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Sleep Apnea: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Questions compiled by Eve Becker as told to her by Dr. Babak Mokhlesi and Dr. James Wyatt

• Are you board certified in sleep medicine?

• Is your sleep disorders center accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine?

• What type of specialists work at your sleep center?

• Do I have a sleeping disorder? If so, what type?

• Could I have sleep apnea?

• What are the potential long-term consequences of sleep apnea?

• Could any of my medications be causing my sleep disorder or making it worse?

• What kinds of tests do I need?

• Do I need a sleep study?

• Will my insurance cover seeing a specialist and undergoing a sleep study?

• What are all of my treatment options and their likelihood of success?

• Would surgery be effective?

• I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?

• What lifestyle changes will ease symptoms?

• What is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device?

• What can I do to make using my CPAP machine more comfortable?

• What kind of follow-up treatment should I receive?