Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Making notes before your visit, as well as taking along a trusted family member or friend, can help you through an appointment with your doctor.

  • What is the most likely explanation for how I feel and my symptoms?
  • Other than sleep apnea, are there other explanations about the way I feel?
  • Why do I have sleep apnea?
  • What test do I need to do to confirm sleep apnea?
  • How do I prepare for this test?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • Which treatment is best for me?
  • What is a CPAP machine?
  • What is an oral appliance?
  • What do I have to change in my life to improve my sleep apnea?
  • What are the complications and risks if sleep apnea is not treated?

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Page last updated: November 17, 2022

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