CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is a treatment that uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open. CPAP typically is used by people who have breathing problems, such as sleep apnea.
All Care offers the latest in CPAP technology and works hard to help you get adjusted to your CPAP machine and mask. From full face mask to nasal masks to nasal pillow systems, All Care has you covered. Our REFRESH CPAP Management Program is designed to help patients reach maximum success and compliance with their CPAP therapy. Our goal is to be proactive in our approach to equipment maintenance while also providing the patient with the educational resources to be successful.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) -- also called obstructive sleep apnea syndrome -- occurs when there are repeated episodes of complete or partial blockage of the upper airway during sleep. During a sleep apnea episode, the diaphragm and chest muscles work harder to open the obstructed airway and pull air into the lungs. Breathing usually resumes with a loud gasp, snort, or body jerk. These episodes can interfere with sound sleep. They can also reduce the flow of oxygen to vital organs and cause irregular heart rhythms.
--Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
--Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
--Headaches in the morning
--Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression, or irritability
--Restlessness during sleep
--Sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking
--Difficulty getting up in the mornings
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, more than 12 million people in the U.S. have sleep apnea. Of the total, more than half are overweight. Those figures also estimate that one in 25 middle-aged men and one in 50 middle-aged women have sleep apnea. If you are related to someone with sleep apnea, you are more likely to develop sleep apnea yourself.
Sleep apnea is more common in men than in women. It is also more likely to develop in African-Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders than in Caucasians. The likelihood of developing the condition increases with age. For women, the condition is more likely after menopause.
Untreated sleep apnea stresses your heart leading to an increased likelihood of heart attack or stroke. Daytime sleepiness can also cause accidents in the workplace or automobile accidents.
Continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) uses a machine to help a person who has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) breathe more easily during sleep. A CPAP machine increases air pressure in your throat so that your airway does not collapse when you breathe in. A CPAP machine blows a continuous flow of air through a short piece of tubing connected to a mask that straps on a patient's head and face. There are three types of masks--a nasal mask covers the nose only, a full face mask covers the mouth and nose, and a nasal pillow system that goes into the nose.
The first step is to discuss your symptoms with your physician. If your physician suspects sleep apnea may be present, you will be referred for an over night sleep study or polysomnograph. This involves spending a night at a sleep lab, or in some cases, you may get to do an inhome sleep study. Often your insurance provider dictates where you can do the test.
--In depth instruction on equipment and maintenance at time of set up
--Insurance verification to ensure coverage of equipment
--Appointments at the patient’s convenience, after hours or weekend
--Top of the line equipment from ResMed and Respironics
--Personalized mask fitting
--Mask guarantee--allows you to find just the right mask
--Patient education resources and materials provided to you
--Equipment and supply replenishment tracking and followup
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