10 Questions you should ask

The doctor you pick plays a huge factor in the quality of care you receive and experience you have. You care about your health — you should have a doctor that does too!

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Better Doctor, Better Care

 You care about your health. Choosing a doctor is a vital decision that affects your well being and quality of life.

A doctor’s training and expertise as well as their compassion and dedication to the highest quality of care gives you the peace of mind that your healthcare dollars return the highest possible value for level of care and knowledge.

The doctor patient relationship is based on trust, respect, compassion and quality.

We have compiled a list of questions you should ask when making a choice in order to determine if the doctor is right for you.

1. How long has the doctor been in practice?

2. What areas of expertise does the doctor focus or specialize in?

3. What continuing education has the doctor been through in this particular area?

4. How many hours of continuing education has the doctor had in this area?

5. Do they have any Fellowships or Diplomates in this particular area?

6. What is their definition of success in terms of therapy or treatment?

7. How many patients have they treated for this problem?

8. What is their success ratio?

9. Are there any patients who have gone through this treatment that would be willing to talk to me before beginning treatment?

10. Are all costs and timetables for this treatment clearly defined in writing?

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Linked Health Issues

Sleep Apnea is also considered a risk factor for several serious health problems, such as:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke

*Note that most insurance companies consider the treatment of snoring as a “cosmetic” issue, and therefore won’t cover the cost of treatment.

Affects Children Also

Sleep apnea also affects children. Usually this is due to the child having large tonsils that obstruct the airway; just like in adults, often snoring is a sign of an obstructed airway. Some of the problems common in children that have been linked to sleep apnea include:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Mood disorders
  • Bed wetting
  • Problems learning
  • Growth problems

To see if your child may be at risk, view the video of sleep apnea in children.

Affects Sleep Partner

Sleep apnea can also adversely affect the sleep of the bed partner of the person with sleep apnea. Please click the link to read a study done by the Mayo Clinic on the effect of sleep apnea and snoring on the bed partner.

How is Sleep Apnea Treated?

The quality of your sleep greatly affects your quality of life. The good news is that help is readily available from a sleep apnea clinic and usually doesn’t require medications. If you think you may have sleep apnea or you know someone who might, please ask us for a referral to a qualified sleep specialist in your area, or talk to your primary care doctor. Treating sleep apnea can add more life to your years and more years to your life.

Oral appliance therapy has become a widely used and accepted method of treating sleep disordered breathing. The gold standard therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Although CPAP is usually very effective in treating OSA, there are many patients who are not able to tolerate its use. If you have tried to use CPAP but have given up on using the therapy, an oral appliance may be for you. Contact CPC Idaho, your sleep apnea clinic, for a consultation.