Sleep apnea can be an underlying issue because you might not be aware that you have it. Sometimes it takes someone being in the room with you while you are sleeping to tell you that you might have sleep apnea. If not, you should be paying attention to how you feel in the morning and throughout the day for signs that you need to be checked for this potentially dangerous problem.
Sleep Therapy Equipment
Do you wake up feeling tired with a headache in the morning? Do you have problems concentrating or forget frequently? Or do you snore while sleeping? These are all common symptoms with patients who suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a very common problem in society today. OSA affects approximately 12 million people in the US alone. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is characterized by abnormal pauses in a patients sleep pattern. The pause is classified as an apnea event and is measured by how many seconds or minutes a patient stops breathing in an hour. When a patient stops breathing, it means that your brain or the rest of your body may not be getting enough oxygen. If a patient has sleep apnea it can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, and depression. Sleep apnea if untreated can worsen a patient’s current medical condition. Sleep apnea is easily diagnosed and can be treated.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition in which while the patient is sleeping their airway becomes narrowed and airflow pauses or decreases, this can be confirmed by a sleep study. CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is the most common form of therapy for the treatment of OSA. CPAP machines increase the pressure in the airway in order to maintain a clear airway while the patient sleeps. BiPAP or bi-level positive airway pressure is a similar therapy that has two pressure levels involved so that the patient can breath out against the lower pressure.
For patients in need of sleep therapy there are many CPAP and BiPAP products available. Some machines have a set high and low pressure range prescribed by the doctor for patient comfort and automatically adjust the pressure within that range according to the patient’s needs while they are asleep. Other machines have one set pressure that must be set determined by their physician. Some machines have special comfort features such as humidification or oxygen therapy. At AMSR we also carry portable BiPAP machines so our patients can sleep easy regardless of where they are.
American Medical Sales & Repair is pleased to announce that we now offer the best in Sleep Therapy to our customers. DeVilbiss, ResMed and Respironics offer the best in patient comfort, reliability and affordability for our patients who require assistance during sleep.
Sleep Therapy is oftentimes prescribed by a physician for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The most common form of therapy is the use of a CPAP machine, or sometimes BiLevel, in order to assist during sleep.
With Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), a physician prescribes a single pressure setting which pushes air or oxygen into the patient’s airway via a “patient interface,” such as a nasal mask or full face mask. This increased pressure in the airway helps to keep the airway open while the patient slumbers. Since the pressure is “continuous,” the patient receives the same amount of pressure on both inhalation and exhalation.