Sleep Apnea Devices

Sleep Apnea Devices

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Sleep Apnea Devices

If you are unable to sleep peacefully through the night due to obstructive sleep apnea, Barber DME can assist you with CPAP therapy and its alternatives.

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which there are multiple pauses in breathing throughout the night. Apnea literally means “without breath.” The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. An individual suffering from sleep apnea can stop breathing up to 30 times an hour.

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The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea.

What are the Side-Effects of Sleep Apnea?
The human body and all its vital organs need fresh oxygen to survive. The constant cessation in breathing will therefore deprive the body of much needed oxygen. If you are therefore frequently tired during the day, snore loudly when sleeping, wake up in the middle of the night for no apparent reason, have a dry mouth or are thirsty upon waking, and suffer from a lack of concentration during the day, you should talk to your doctor about scheduling a sleep test. Other signs that you should look for are: RESTLESS SLEEP, NIGHTTIME CHOKING, ANXIETY & DEPRESSION, DAYTIME DROWSINESS, HEADACHES & LEG SWELLING.

Sleep apnea is much more than annoying snoring. It is important that you be tested and treated for sleep apnea as this condition can either cause or aggravate instances of obesity, depression, diabetes, stroke, hypertension and erectile dysfunction.

The golden treatment standard for sleep apnea has traditionally been the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device. CPAP, like a blower, pushes air into the air passages as a person breathes. There is a mask connected with straps that goes over an individual’s mouth, nose or both as they sleep. The mask is connected to a tube which is attached to an air machine. The machine pumps a controlled airflow through the tube and to the sleeper. This forced air creates pressure which inflates the collapsed air passages allowing a person with sleep apnea to breathe through the night.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes difficulty in breathing during sleep. The condition is defined by the health services provider MayoClinic.org as “a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.” This could disrupt the amount of oxygen an individual gets, disrupting some critical body functions.

MayoClinic.org categorizes sleep apnea into three types:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): Is the most common type of sleep apnea. It is caused by a collapse of the soft tissue at the back of the throat during sleep, effectively blocking the airway.
  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): Results from the brain’s failure to trigger muscles responsible for regulating breathing.
  • Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (CSAS): Is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the underlying causes of sleep apnea include obesity, having large tonsils, endocrine disorders, neuromuscular disorders, heart or kidney failure, specific genetic syndromes, and premature birth.

Sleep apnea can also be caused by muscular changes in the back of the throat during sleep and physical obstructions that restrict airflow caused by thickened tissues or fat stored around the airway.

The medical website, MedicalNewsToday.com, reports that brain function deficiencies that may cause breathing to malfunction can cause central sleep apnea (CSA). The same source also reports that CSA has been found to correlate with conditions like stroke and heart failure and the use of painkillers. It is also common among individuals who have recently ascended to a high altitude.

Some of the common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Restless sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent sleep interruptions
  • Choking, snorting, or gasping during sleep
  • Waking up with a dry or sore throat or mouth

Mental issues such as forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex have also been linked with sleep apnea. Of course, these symptoms could also result from several other health conditions, thus the need to consult a professional if you experience most of the symptoms above. For children, one of the symptoms of sleep apnea is hyperactivity.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke warns that sleep apnea does not only threaten the comfort of your sleep but can also threaten your life. When left untreated, sleep apnea leads to severe complications, including:

  • Liver problems
  • Heart problems, like coronary heart disease, heart failure, high blood pressure, and hypertension
  • Impaired focus and cognition
  • Memory problems
  • Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs), sometimes called “mini-strokes.”
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Complications during and after major surgery

CPAP therapy is the treatment approach for patients with sleep apnea. CPAP machine is a medical device used to provide a constant, gentle flow of pressurized air that prevents the collapse of the individual’s airway during sleep.

The Alaska Sleep Clinic identifies three main parts of CPAP machines:

  • CPAP Motor: Is a small quiet compressor that takes in room temperature air and pressurizes it to deliver the right amount of air pressure needed to clear obstructions in the throat.
  • CPAP Hoses: Are pipes that convey the pressurized air from the motor to the wearer’s mask. The main pipe is usually 6 feet long, but its diameter can differ depending on the type of machine used.
  • CPAP Mask: Is placed on the face and comes in various shapes and sizes depending on how comfortable the individual finds it. There are three major mask variations to choose from: nasal pillows, nasal masks, and full-face masks.

Barber DME Offers Many Exceptional Sleep Apnea Devices to Consider

Sleep Apnea Devices

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AirSense™ 10 is one of the world’s most widely used series of CPAP and APAP machines, each designed to deliver high-quality therapy for a better night’s sleep.

Each machine gives you access to myAir™ – a free online support program and app 1 that syncs with your mobile or web-based device to provide a nightly sleep score, coaching and more to help you stay on track.

ow to set up & use your new AirSense™ 10 CPAP machine from ResMed

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With easy-to-navigate menus, a sleek, compact design and quiet operation, DreamStation makes it simple to start, customize and continue your obstructuve sleep apnea (OSA) therapy.

With easy-to-navigate menus, a sleek, compact design and quiet operation, DreamStation makes it simple to start, customize and continue your obstructuve sleep apnea (OSA) therapy.

DreamStation’s top-mounted humidifier hose swivel and front-facing display make it easy for you to operate while lying down or sitting up in bed. And, it’s small and light, making it easy to pack for travel.

DreamStation setup with humidifier

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Sleep Apnea Devices

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Every ResMed mask is designed to deliver effective therapy and a comfortable night’s sleep, but each category offers something a little different.

Finding a CPAP mask is a personal decision. It’s all about finding what works for you. Before you get started, here are some helpful tips on ResMed mask series and names.

How to fit your ResMed CPAP full face mask

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Sleep Apnea Devices

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CPAP Cleaner

Lumin works by emitting high energy light within a narrow spectrum referred to as UV. The Lumin relies on a low-pressure, mercury-arc lamp designed to produce the highest amounts of UV energy – where 90% of energy is generated around 254nm.

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Sleep Apnea Devices

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SoClean® 3 enhances your daily routine giving you peace of mind knowing that you’re taking the best possible care of your equipment—and yourself. No fuss, no mess, no worry. Just pop it in and go. At bedtime you can trust that your sleep equipment is fresh and ready to use. Includes our two top adapters in the box!

SoClean 3 naturally maintains every part of your sleep equipment. Use it in the morning when you wake up so you don’t have to worry while you sleep.

No disassembly required. SoClean 3 automatically starts when you place your equipment in the chamber, close the lid and press start!

  • SoClean 3 enhances your daily routine giving you peace of mind knowing that you’re taking the best possible care of your equipment—and yourself.
  • The Filter converts enclosed air within the system to regular oxygen as it leaves the SoClean 3 chamber
  • Unscented 100% cotton wipes gently and naturally remove oil and dirt
  • Pre-Wash is a concentrated, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic soap that neutralizes any pre-existing odors from detergents and removes any residue from the manufacturing process

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