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Sleep Apnea is a common medical condition where a person repeatedly stops breathing during sleep. Irregular breathing can cause oxygen levels in the blood to drop and worsen other medical conditions, including hypertension, heart failure, and diabetes.
The most common type is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is the inability to get enough air through your mouth and nose into your lungs. Normal breaths resume with a snort or choking sound. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Another type is Central Sleep Apnea. This is the temporary failure of the brain to properly signal to the muscles that control breathing.
When sleep is interrupted throughout the night it causes drowsiness during the day. This increases the risk for car crashes, work-related accidents and other medical problems. If you have sleep apnea, it is important to get treatment.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices deliver a prescribed level of continuous positive pressure non-invasively to maintain open upper airway for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Extremely easy to use, CPAPs come with different features such as ramping to allow comfortable adjustment to the pressure; software to capture specific usage and breathing events; and automated altitude adjustment. Accessories, such as nasal interface applications and humidification devices are provided to afford maximum comfort to ensure patient compliance.
Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure/BiPap devices provide ventilation for patients by delivering air to the lungs at two levels of pressure. The machine has one setting for inhalation (IPAP) and another setting for exhalation (EPAP). Some prefer bilevels because of the comfort of extra exhalation relief. Titration and adjusting the machine settings may best be done in a well qualified sleep lab while you are sleeping.
Most patients receiving treatment therapy report better quality sleep, more energy, increased alertness, and improved cognitive function. In order for treatment modalities to be effective, patients must be compliant with their prescription. The trained professional staff at HME of Texas maximizes compliance through careful instruction and follow-up monitoring.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
Sleep Apnea Treatments