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How do I use the CPAP machine?
Baton Rouge General Louisiana Sleep Foundation places a high priority on follow-up and patient education. We have a respiratory therapist on staff to assist you with any durable medical equipment needs. We offer a CPAP clinic for anyone interested in knowing more about their CPAP unit or those simply looking for routine maintenance or troubleshooting of equipment.

Sleep Apnea

How serious is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder that can lead to serious health complications. It has been directly linked with many life-threatening diseases such as heart attack, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and excessive daytime sleepiness which can lead to motor vehicle accidents.

How is Sleep Apnea treated?
The most common option for sleep apnea treatment is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). This machine uses mild air pressure to keep airways open while you sleep. Other options include aggressive weight loss, medication, oral appliances, and surgery.

Sleep Study

What is a sleep study?
A sleep study, or polysomnogram, is a scientific assessment of sleep staging as related to respiration (oxygen monitoring), brain wave activity, muscle movement, and snoring.

Does a sleep study require you to spend the whole night?
Yes. In order to record accurate and reliable data, your entire sleep cycle must be evaluated.

Can a person really sleep during the study?
By nature, most people who suffer from sleep-disordered breathing are eternally sleepy. They fall asleep on their couch, at their desk, in waiting rooms, and sometimes even while driving. Our sleep lab consists of private bedrooms designed to be as inviting to sleep as a luxury hotel suite.

Are sleep studies covered by insurance?
Coverage varies depending on the insurance plan. We work with each patient to cover the costs of both tests and treatment.

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