Sleep Apnea

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a breathing problem that occurs when we sleep. The upper airway keeps blocking, partially or totally, because the tongue and upper muscles in the throat relax, causing an obstruction in breathing (apnea) lasting over 10 seconds. This obstruction or pause in breathing occurs repeatedly throughout the night. The pauses are followed by gasping, snoring and/or restlessness.

During normal sleep (A) , the muscles that control your tongue and soft palate hold the airway open. If these muscles relax, your airway will become narrower (B) and the soft or floppy part of the throat vibrates; the noise of snoring results. If your throat is already narrow, or the muscles relax too much, your airway can become completely blocked (C), which prevents breathing.


WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS?

Excessive snoring

Gasping during sleep

Daytime sleepiness

Morning headaches

Not feeling refreshed

Left untreated, OSA is associated with a decreased quality of life as it may cause excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue, morning headaches, but also because it is related to serious medical conditions such as heart diseases. The good news is, there is treatment for OSA and our trained professionals can help. So, follow your GP’s recommendation and get tested!

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CPAP MACHINES

Here at Air Liquide Healthcare, we're ready to help you find the right CPAP machines for your condition. We;re here to help you find your way out of sleep apnea from sleep studies to determine the type of condition you have.

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ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

We know every person adapts to therapy differently, here are some other therapies that may be more suitable for you.

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What is a home-based sleep study?

A home-based sleep study is a non-invasive recording of your sleep for the diagnosis and evaluation of sleep disorder that is performed while you sleep at home overnight.

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Why do I need a sleep study?

Your doctor has assessed your symptoms, medical history and conditions and has considered it necessary that an investigation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) be performed.

What is involved in a sleep study?

At your appointment, we will introduce you to our program and complete a medical questionnaire. We will then explain you how to fit the sleep study equipment. We will provide you with all necessary equipment and accessories to take home. The portable equipment will record your brain activity, cardiac activity, breathing, breathing effort, oxygen saturation, and body position. This information paints a clear picture of your sleep quality which the sleep physician will review for evidence of sleep apnea.

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Preparation for your sleep study

At your appointment, we will introduce you to our program and complete a medical questionnaire. We will then explain you how to fit the sleep study equipment. We will provide you with all necessary equipment and accessories to take home. The portable equipment will record your brain activity, cardiac activity, breathing, breathing effort, oxygen saturation, and body position. This information paints a clear picture of your sleep quality which the sleep physician will review for evidence of sleep apnea.

When do I get my results?

Your test will be reviewed by a qualified Sleep Physician within a few weeks. If you have OSA, you will proceed to a therapy initiation and titration program that will set the ideal pressure for your therapy and find the best mask for your optimum comfort.

What Will My Report Tell Me

What is CPAP therapy?

The most effective and widely accepted treatment for sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy. CPAP has proven to be the most effective treatment for moderate and severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea. A CPAP system consists of a small, quiet air pump, and a mask that fits over your nose or nose and mouth during your sleep. The pressure from the air-pump forces just enough air through the upper airway to prevent the airway from collapsing during sleep. CPAP therapy does not involve drugs or surgery.

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Our CPAP therapy program

We will guide you in selecting the most appropriate CPAP machine, mask and level of humidification to suit your personal needs.

Improving Results

Some people adjust immediately to therapy; others adapt more slowly. We are experts in helping patients experience the benefits and manage the challenges of getting used to the therapy. We provide a wide selection of equipment thatmeets all needs and budgets and offer unlimited mask exchange during the trial period. Our staff will work closely with you to help you achieve the best health outcome.

A lifetime support

We will continue to follow up on your progress and make adjustments as necessary. We encourage you to come back to our clinics regularly to check that your therapy needs have not changed and to ensure the equipment continues to be in good working order to give you the optimal benefit of therapy.

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Health benefits information

Medicare covers the diagnostic test if you satisfy criteria defined in the MBS guidelines for sleep studies. Your GP will advise you about this when completing the referral. Most private health insurers include CPAP therapy under certain packages. We recommend contacting your health insurance provider to check your level of cover.