Columbia Respiratory

FAQs


How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
The symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, gasping and/or choking during sleep, restless sleep, excessive tiredness, morning headaches and having to go to the bathroom more than twice per night.


How can I get tested for sleep apnea?
The test is easily done at home, with the results forwarded to your physician.


What causes sleep apnea?
There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central and mixed. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common and it occurs when throat and tongue muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep.


Who are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea?
OSA is a common condition that affects men and women, from teens to the elderly. Apneic patients can also suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure. Men, especially those who are overweight, are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea; however, the condition can and does affect those leading healthy active lifestyles as well.


Do I need home oxygen?
Home oxygen is available through a prescription from your doctor. Columbia Respiratory can perform no charge testing for your physician, and investigate the best funding options for home oxygen.
How can I get replacement CPAP or home oxygen equipment?
Give us a call! Having been in the business for many years, Brett Kryski, RRT, and his staff are adept at navigating funding processes for new equipment.