Sleep apnea effects up to 22 millions people however most of these people are unaware they suffer from it. Sleep apnea statistics say that as much as 80% of the people that have this sleep disorder have been undiagnosed. An even more alarming stat is that only 50% of the people diagnosed with disordered breathing actually use the recommended CPAP device.
An important part of CPAP therapy is replacing your parts and accessories on a regular schedule so that you may get the most out of this treatment. Most insurance companies will pay for the replacement accessories on a regular schedule and if you have a “good healthcare plan” then you should take advantage of this replacement schedule. If your plan has a high deductible and co-pay then you may want to consider self paying through an online provider such as 1800CPAP.com. You can get all the top brand names at a discount price.
If you have an HSA (health savings account) this is also a great option for obtaining these parts and accessories with breaking the bank. It is recommended that you replace the CPAP mask, tubing, filters, and water chamber every 3-6 months or sooner if you do not clean these items daily.
Testing for sleep apnea can be easy and inexpensive by opting for the home sleep study test kit. Sleep apnea statistics show that an in-home study can be just as reliable as in-lab polysomnograph conducted at a free standing or hospital sleep clinic. An in-lab study can cost anywhere from $1500 to $3000 dollars per study and a HST (home sleep test) can be done for as little as $249. This includes shipping, instructions for use and interpretation by a board certified sleep doctor. If the test indicates that you have sleep apnea a recommendation and prescription for an auto adjusting CPAP machine can be provided.