Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
A sleep study is the most accurate test for diagnosing sleep apnea. If your doctor suspects you have sleep apnea, he or she may recommend an in lab study or a home-sleep study.
Guardian Sleep Medical can assist with a Home Sleep Study.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms for Sleep Apnea?
One of the most common signs of obstructive sleep apnea is loud and chronic (ongoing) snoring. Pauses may occur in the snoring. Choking or gasping may follow the pauses.
The snoring usually is loudest when you sleep on your back; it may be less noisy when you turn on your side. Snoring may not happen every night. Over time, the snoring may happen more often and get louder.
You likely won’t know that you’re having problems breathing or be able to judge how severe the problem is. Your family members or bed partner often will notice these problems before you do.
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.
Another common sign of sleep apnea is fighting sleepiness during the day, at work, or while driving. You may find yourself rapidly falling asleep during the quiet moments of the day when you’re not active.
- Morning headaches
- Memory or learning problems and not being able to concentrate
- Feeling irritable, depressed, or having mood swings or personality changes
- Urination at night
- A dry throat when you wake up
Are sleep studies covered under insurance?
YES; Sleep studies are covered by almost all insurances. However, some insurance plans have different rules regarding sleep studies than others.
How do I choose the mask that is right for me?
Our CPAP specialist will fit you with different options of masks. Based on your comfort and facial symmetries he/she will guide you to choose what is best for you. Guardian Sleep Medical offers a 30-day mask exchange at no charge to help you find the proper mask.
How do I Clean my CPAP Mask?
A CPAP mask should be cleaned daily. It should be cleaned with mild soapy water or Mask Wipes. Make sure to gently scrub the inside of the cushion and remove any dirt or debris. After cleaning, let the it air dry. The frame can be cleaned in a similar way. The CPAP mask headgear should be washed weekly with warm water and mild soap and allowed to air dry completely before being used again.
How often should I replace my mask?
Depending on your insurance coverage it is advised you change your mask every 3 months.
How do I pay my bill?
Guardian Sleep Medical offers several convenient payment options. You can pay via mail with a traditional paper bill, over the phone at 408-217-0250 x 102 or via our two convenient online options – BillPay and AutoPay.
AutoPay allows you to set up automatic payments directly from your bank account so you never have to worry about missing a bill.
BillPay is easy to use and lets you pay your bill online when it’s due.