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Now Covered By Medicare

Medicare is a branch of the federal government that gives health insurance coverage to individuals 65 year old and over. It can also be used by people under 65 with disabilities or by people who are suffering from kidney failure. A lot of people who suffer from Sleep Apnea are of the age 65 or older with Medicare providing their health insurance. For these people there is some very good news: Medicare now covers the home sleep apnea test. While not all private insurance companies currently cover the home sleep apnea test, more and more private health insurance companies are beginning to cover it.

Sleep Apnea is a condition in which you actually stop breathing several times during the night. Some people can actually stop breathing hundreds of times in one night. These people may find themselves waking up several times a night sometimes even gasping for breath. Most people who have Sleep Apnea also snore. Failure to treat Sleep Apnea may result in the following: heart failure, heart attack or develop some other condition such as diabetes.

To get treated you should begin by talking to your physician to find out what your next step should be. If you doctor also feels as though you may have Sleep Apnea he or she will begin by ordering a sleep study. A sleep study can be conducted in a sleep center, home or in a lab. If a home study is ordered, you can go to one of our partner Centers here at Medicare covers a home study to determine if you have the condition. In a home sleep study you will attach electrodes to your body in varying places. You might have a box that the wires attach to. The home sleep study will measure your breaths and most likely your oxygen level and can help determine if you have Sleep Apnea. If the home sleep study is positive, then Medicare will cover additional testing and treatment.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea include positional therapy, oral appliances, weight loss, cessation of sedatives and alcohol, surgery, and the most common, CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. The simplest of these treatments is positional therapy. With this treatment you avoid lying on your back either through training or by attaching something like a rolled up washcloth or tennis ball to your night wear in the area of your back. This will help to prevent you from lying on your back, as you will roll back to your side. The most common treatment, the nasal-CPAP, is shown very effective in studies. With this treatment you will wear a small mask. The mask may be over just your nose or over your nose and mouth. Air will flow through the tubes and into your airway preventing it from closing. The amount of pressure that the air is pumped in will be determined by your sleep test.

Sleep Apnea can be very dangerous to your health if left untreated. Luckily, there are a wide variety of treatments available so that everyone can find something that fits their needs. And best of all, the home apnea test is covered by Medicare.