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Sleep Apnea Therapy
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At Life Breath we provide you with low prices, great service, and expert advice for all of your sleep therapy purchases. We are fully licensed by Assistive Devices Program. With almost 20 years of experience in the home oxygen and Obstructive Sleep Apnea fields, our staff is able to help you make the best possible choices when it is time to purchase your new machine, a replacement CPAP mask, or just some necessary supplies. It is our mission to provide as much patient care as possible in order for you to achieve complete therapy compliance. We sell the products you need, and provide the services you desire. If you don't see something available on our site, please let us know and we will find it. We are here to educate, promote, and provide support!
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We carry CPAP and BiPAP machines, CPAP masks, humidifiers, filters, cushions, and mask parts from every top manufacturer, including ResMed, Respironics, DeVilbiss, Fisher & Paykel, and Puritan Bennett. Carrying the largest variety of CPAP machines and CPAP masks, we allow YOU to make choices about your sleep therapy and try the newest products on the market.
Sleep apnea affects 5 to 8% of the population. Apnea occurs when the airway partially or fully closes during sleep, restricting normal breathing. A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine forces air through the obstruction and creates a stable airway during sleep. Sleep Apnea is known to cause severe health problems, and in some cases, death can occur.
What Is CPAP?
CPAP ( continuous positive airway pressure ) is a treatment that uses air pressure to keep the airways open. CPAP typically is used by people who have breathing problems, such as sleep apnea.
CPAP treatment involves a CPAP machine, which has three main parts:
- A mask that fits over your nose or your nose and mouth. Straps keep the mask in place while you're wearing it.
- A tube that connects the mask to the machine's motor.
- A motor that blows air into the tube.
Some CPAP machines have other features as well, such as heated humidifiers. CPAP machines are small, lightweight, and fairly quiet. Newer machines have automatically adjustable air pressure or air pressures that are different when you breathe in than when you breathe out.
CPAP often is the best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. As a result, not enough air reaches your lungs.
In obstructive sleep apnea, your airway collapses or is blocked during sleep. When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Your snoring may wake other people in the house.
The mild pressure from CPAP can prevent your airway from collapsing or becoming blocked. The air pressure acts a stint and keeps your airway from collapsing.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your doctor prescribes CPAP. Your doctor will work with you to make sure the settings that he or she prescribes for your CPAP machine are correct. He or she may recommend an overnight sleep study to find the correct settings for you. Your doctor will want to make sure the air pressure from the machine is just enough to keep your airway open while you sleep.
CPAP has many benefits. It can:
- Keep your airway open while you sleep
- Correct snoring so others in your household can sleep
- Improve your quality of sleep
- Relieve sleep apnea symptoms, such as excessive daytime sleepiness
- Decrease or prevent high blood pressure
- Your bed partner may sleep better, too.
It may take time for you to become comfortable with using CPAP. If you cannot get used to it, talk to your doctor. You might be able to try another type of mask or make other adjustments.
Many people who use CPAP report feeling better once they begin treatment. They feel more attentive and better able to work during the day. They also report fewer complaints from bed partners about snoring and sleep disruption.
CPAP is the most effective nonsurgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. It is the first treatment choice and the most widely used.
- Doctors use CPAP to treat people who have sleep apnea.
- CPAP is the treatment of choice for people who have sleep apnea and CAD or CHF
Overall, CPAP is effective for moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea:
- Research shows that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) decreases daytime sleepiness, especially in those who have moderate to severe sleep apnea.
- Studies show that in people who have moderate to severe sleep apnea, nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) lowers blood pressure during both the day and the night.
- CPAP is better than other non-surgical methods for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
- People with coronary artery disease who use CPAP for sleep apnea are less likely to have heart problems such as heart failure.
Problems that may occur with CPAP include:
- Nightmares and excessive dreaming during early use.
- Dry nose and sore throat. (Heated humidification can help alleviate this)
- Nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing.
- Irritation of the eyes and the skin on the face.
- Abdominal bloating.
- Leaks around the mask because it does not fit properly.
You can expect mild discomfort in the morning when you first start using CPAP. Talk with your doctor if you do not feel comfortable after a few days.
Relieving side effects
You may be able to limit or stop some of the side effects:
- Your doctor may be able to adjust your CPAP to reduce or eliminate problems.
- Be sure the mask or nasal prongs fit you properly. Air should not leak around the mask.
- Use a humidifier or a corticosteroid nasal spray medicine to reduce nasal irritation and drainage.
- You may want to talk to your doctor about trying a CPAP machine that will start with a low air pressure and slowly increase the air pressure as you fall asleep. This kind of machine can help reduce discomfort caused by too much constant pressure in your nose. If this does not improve your discomfort, ask your doctor about trying a BiPAP, which uses a different air pressure when you breathe in than when you breathe out. BiPAP may work better than standard CPAP for treating obstructive sleep apnea in people who have heart failure. BiPAP machines are more expensive than CPAP machines.
- If your nose is runny or congested, talk with your doctor about using decongestants or corticosteroid nasal spray medicines.
The information contained in this website is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Life Breath Home Care Services recommends consultation with your healthcare professional.