Frequently Asked Sleep Apnea Questions
What is a sleep study?
Do I have to visit a sleep center to have my sleep study completed?
Do you offer treatment with CPAP?
How does CPAP work?
Does treatment with CPAP come with side effects?
While not every patient will experience side effects with CPAP, some will. CPAP machines can be noisy, making sleep difficult. Other common side effects include claustrophobia, nasal congestion, runny nose, and morning headaches. If you’re CPAP intolerant and you’d like to explore other treatment options, don’t hesitate to contact Mile High Sleep Center in Denver for help.
Do you offer CPAP alternatives?
Yes, we do. Dr. Barotz offers oral appliance therapy—including oral appliance therapy with SomnoMed—and surgery. After a thorough consultation, our team will recommend a treatment plan built around your specific needs and your medical history.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is one of the most popular modern solutions for sleep apnea. Because OSA is caused by obstruction from the tongue or lower jaw, oral appliance therapy uses a custom-made orthodontic mouthpiece to keep air’s path to the lungs clear of any obstruction.
How long will my appliance last?
When cared for properly, you can expect your appliance to last for years to come.
Can you help me treat snoring?
Yes, we can. Because OSA and snoring are so closely linked, snoring can often be treated with oral appliance therapy.
Do I need surgery?
If you’re CPAP intolerant and oral appliance therapy hasn’t provided satisfying results, Dr. Barotz would be happy to work with you on a more advanced treatment plan. With the surgical care we can provide, we can help you enjoy a better night’s rest without the aid of CPAP or an oral appliance.