Frequently asked questions

Is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) a disease?
Yes. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic disease.
My child snores at night and complains of headaches when waking up and often falls asleep during the day. Can he or she suffer from obstructive sleep apnea at such a young age?
Yes. This disease affects people of all ages.
Do all snorers suffer from obstructive sleep apnea?
No, not necessarily. However, a medical diagnosis can confirm it.
Can I choose to have my sleep test at home instead of in the lab?
Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate method for your condition from the two possible tests: polysomnography (PSG) in the laboratory or a cardiorespiratory sleep polygraph (PCRS) outside the laboratory.
How is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treated?
Two therapies have proven to be effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): a respirator and an intraoral device, known as a mandibular advancement orthosis (OAM).
Why do I need to see a dentist if the doctor prescribes the mandibular advancement orthosis (OAM)?
The dentist, according to the doctor’s prescription, conducts a specific oral examination, designs the orthosis, places it in the mouth, makes the necessary adjustments and ensures the follow-up of the treatment by collaborating with the doctor.
Can I buy my mandibular advancement orthosis on the Internet?
It is not recommended to do buy one off the Internet. In Quebec, only a dentist can manage obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by mandibular advancement orthosis (OAM) as prescribed by your doctor.
How big is my mandibular advancement orthosis (OAM)?
The size is according to your oral and cranio-facial morphology. The device covers the upper and lower teeth and holds the mandible in an advanced position to clear your airways.
Will my mandibular advancement orthosis (OAM) be reimbursed by the Quebec Health Insurance Plan (RAMQ)?
No; however, the costs may be eligible for the medical expense tax credit. You can ask your insurer or certain government agencies.
Can I reduce my symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
Yes, you can. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits, such as maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise, moderate alcohol use, and stopping smoking, will reduce your symptoms. Your sleep hygiene can also minimize your symptoms. Have a regular sleep routine and limit your exposure to light at night (TV screens, computers or game consoles).

 

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