Sleep Apnea Treatment – Dallas, TX

Helping You Breathe Easier While You Rest

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Sleep apnea affects more than 20 million people in the United States, and an estimated 80% of cases remain undiagnosed. Causing a host of symptoms to occur such as chronic fatigue, moodiness, and an inability to focus, untreated sleep apnea is also linked to many health problems like high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. At Star Sleep & Wellness in Dallas, our team of sleep specialists takes a comprehensive and patient-focused approach to help individuals sleep better. We will work with you to develop a plan that is designed to test, diagnose, treat, and maintain so that you can start living a better life. Call us today to schedule a consultation for sleep apnea treatment in Dallas.

Sleep Apnea Basics

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Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes individuals to suffer interrupted sleep caused by ceased breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea develops when soft tissues inside the mouth collapse onto the throat, obstructing the airway. This prevents inadequate airflow that causes an individual to struggle, resulting in panic-stricken awakenings in an attempt to breathe. Without treatment, sleep apnea can worsen and lead to damage throughout the body and brain.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is known to affect both children and adults, but it most commonly occurs in individuals who:

  • Are overweight or obese
  • Frequently consume alcohol
  • Smoke or use tobacco products
  • Have a family history of sleep apnea
  • Have a narrow airway
  • Suffer from increased fat accumulation around the neck
  • Have enlarged tonsils or adenoids

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

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Many symptoms are commonly associated with sleep apnea. Being able to identify one or more of them is essential when deciding if it is time to seek professional help. Regularly attributed signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Chronic snoring
  • Extreme daytime fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Ceased breathing for 10 or more seconds while sleeping
  • Irritability, moodiness
  • Depression
  • Dry mouth or sore throat
  • Frequent urination throughout the night
  • Morning headaches
  • Lack of libido

Types of Sleep Apnea

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There are three types of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea (CSA), complex sleep apnea, and the most common, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

  • Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common and affects millions of people. It forms when a blockage occurs as a result of the soft oral tissues collapsing onto the throat. Airflow cannot pass through freely, resulting in ceased breathing and interrupted sleep.
  • Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain cannot successfully trigger the body to breathe while asleep. Stopped breathing throughout the night occurs.
  • Complex sleep apnea is a combination of both central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.

How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

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At Star Sleep & Wellness in Dallas, our team is equipped to diagnose sleep apnea with the help of an in-house sleep lab. Instead of seeking a referral to another physician or lab, we can provide the referral for our sleep testing where we will monitor your heart rate, breathing patterns, and other vitals that help to prepare a formal diagnosis.

Our at-home sleep test is also available and is easy to use, requiring only that you wear a specialized device while you sleep. It, too, monitors many of the same vitals that we will then analyze to establish if sleep apnea is evident.

During your appointment, a member of our team will determine which type of sleep test is best for your individual needs.

Is Sleep Apnea Treatment Covered by Insurance?

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Medical insurance does allow for sleep apnea treatment coverage. This is why we are in-network with Medicare and Tricare as well as many other leading healthcare providers. Our team works to ensure proper pre-authorization to guarantee coverage acceptance while maximizing benefits to minimize out-of-pocket expenses. Should any additional expenses be required, our team will provide a thorough explanation before sleep apnea treatment begins.