At Your Appointment

Sleep Apnea Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you routinely sleeping with a CPAP machine?
  • How are you doing with your CPAP? Do you have a mask that allows you to sleep well?
  • Are you waking up with shortness of breath, gasping for air or choking?
  • Has your partner noticed pauses in your breathing while you sleep?
  • When was your last sleep study?
  • Do you ever snore loudly enough to disturb the sleep of yourself, your partner or others?
  • Do you ever wake up short of breath, gasping for air or choking?
  • Has your partner ever noticed pauses in your breathing while you sleep?
  • Do you experience excessive daytime drowsiness or fatigue, such as falling asleep while working, watching TV or even driving?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Have you changed medications recently for any other health conditions?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing that you think may be related to sleep apnea?
  • How are your sleep symptoms impacting your quality of life? A lot, somewhat or not much at all?
  • What causes sleep apnea?
  • What tests will I need to determine if I have sleep apnea?
  • Is sleep apnea dangerous?
  • What can be done to treat sleep apnea?
  • Will I need to sleep with a CPAP machine and mask?
  • What type of sleep apnea do I have?
  • Would you categorize my sleep apnea as mild, moderate or severe?
  • How often should you monitor my sleep apnea for changes?
  • How often will I need to have sleep studies?
  • Can I choose my own CPAP machine, mask or humidifier?
  • How often should I change my CPAP equipment?
  • Could any of my medications for other health issues be impacting my sleep apnea symptoms?
  • Do my new or different symptoms indicate that my sleep apnea is getting worse?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my sleep apnea symptoms?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 17
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