Questions to Ask a Sleep Specialist if you Think you have Central Sleep Apnea
If you think you have central sleep apnea then after first consulting your family or general doctor, based on your symptoms you may be asked to visit a sleep specialist. No matter the field, most specialists will be busy and their time will be precious. With a little planning you can ensure that the time of the doctor is not wasted and that you make the most of the time allotted to you.
Common Questions to Ask your Sleep Specialist Concerning Your Central Sleep Apnea Suspicions
Remember to ask these questions to your Sleep Specialist if you are concerned about having central sleep apnea
Below are the questions to ask your sleep specialist before the diagnosis is done:
- What are the most common or likely causes for the symptoms that I am experiencing?
- Other than the causes you have listed, are there any other possibilities?
- What are the different tests that I should undergo to help diagnose the issue?
- Should I undergo any special preparation before undergoing the tests?
- This condition, is it long lasting or just temporary?
Once and if you have been diagnosed with central sleep apnea, make sure to ask these treatment related question to your doctor:
- What are the different treatment options available?
- Which of the treatments do you recommend and why?
- How will the treatment help with my central sleep apnea?
- If I do not get the treatment how will it affect my future health?
- Do you recommend any websites or books or brochures that I should read?
- Should I make any changes to my lifestyle? (exercise and food related)
If you suffer from any other medical condition along with your central sleep apnea, also ask these questions:
- I have so and so medical conditions, how do I manage both my condition and central sleep apnea?
- Should I not undergo a specific central sleep apnea treatment because of my medical condition?
- Can my medical condition be the root cause behind the central sleep apnea?
- Is the medication which I am using to treat my medical condition causing my central sleep apnea? If yes then what should I do?
By carrying a list of the above questions to ask, you will ensure that you do not forget to ask any questions while simultaneously making the most of your appointment and saving your doctors time, in short a win-win situation for all parties involved.
Maybe most of the time we are worried for no reason but if you have strong suspicions about having central sleep apnea then it will definitely not hurt to check it out.