If you’re anything like me, you’ve just been diagnosed with sleep apnea and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Dysfunction. (COPD) No big deal until you get the cost of treatment on an annual basis under nObamacare.
Depending on your insurance deductible, you’re in for a complete shock. Last year I was put on a breathing apparatus at night called an oxygen concentrator, which manufacturers oxygen from the air and forces it under pressure into your nose to prevent you from creating a stroke due to lack of oxygen. This condition is caused by the same tongue retention that causes snoring. If you snore, chances are over time, you have also developed sleep apnea and/or worse, COPD.
Your physician may prescribe any one of several devices from an oxygen concentrator to a CPAP or BIPAP machine, which forces oxygen into your lungs under higher pressure than an oxygen concentrator will.
DeVilbiss Oxygen concentrator
The problem with these devices is the cost. You can buy an oxygen concentrator for around $400.00 but you cannot buy a CPAP OR BIPAP machine. If you COULD buy them, the price tag would be somewhere in the vicinity of $40,000.00 EACH. Instead, they want to lease it to you for $8,000.00 ANNUALLY; your health insurance picking up the lion’s share of the bill. That’s all fine and good if you have a good health insurance plan, but even a good plan leaves you with a spendy bill.
Last year, I couldn’t even begin to think about getting one because my insurance would only pay for 2 months usage and if I retained that policy, it would roll over to the next year’s deductible, which was $7,500.00 on January 1st.
After having spent a week in the hospital with congestive heart failure in September, I racked up a pretty healthy bill I will be paying on for some time, but the cure for the problem is out of reach due to cost.
Just to give you an idea of how uncomfortable this device is to wear at night while you’re sleeping, take a look at the following mask:
DeVilbiss CPAP Mask
Thank God an enterprising dentist in New Zealand came up with the following new device for those of the “working poor” who need it but cannot afford it. Would you believe a $62.00 price tag instead of an annual price tag of over $8,000?
Introducing “The Silent Treatment.”
Tongue trainer mouthpiece device for the control of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. This Sleep Apnea mouthpiece device and snoring solution will comfortably hold the tongue in its normal awake position, while at the same time holding the lower jaw in its correct and natural position. These two actions effectively combine to comfortably and harmlessly prevent the tongue from drifting back to block the airway.
Just moments after I finish writing this blog, I’m sending for my own device. I hope this has been beneficial to some of you who have endured the same problems.
For more information on how to purchase the above device, simply click on the link(s) below: