Sleep Apnea for Health Care Providers

Significance of Sleep Apnea

As much as 80% of patients with sleep apnea are undiagnosed due to a lack of screening. An inconsistent therapeutic effect is achieved with CPAP due to a lack of patient compliance. These problems burden the health care system with high costs & over-utilization of resources to manage serious conditions associated with untreated sleep apnea.

CPAP vs Oral Appliance

Providers should assess the critical need to implement a comprehensive screening process & offer patients an alternative to CPAP therapy. Michigan Sleep Network, P.C. can help practices increase screening and improve patient outcomes.

Benefits of Comprehensive Screening for Sleep Apnea

Increasing patient awareness and education for sleep apnea is important yet requires little effort. Early screening can prevent downstream costs & serious events related to untreated sleep apnea. Revenue opportunities exist for practices that can improve outcomes for sleep disorder population.

An evidence-based alternative to CPAP therapy

  • 46-83% of CPAP users do not use their machines as prescribed to achieve a therapeutic effect
  • Oral appliance therapy is an alternative to CPAP for mild-moderate OSA with higher rates of compliance
  • Similar outcomes as far as symptom control and quality of life has been achieved with both therapies