About Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of Sleep Disordered Breathing. An apneic period occurs when a person stops breathing for at least 10 seconds, while asleep. The soft tissues around your throat and behind your tongue relax during sleep and become flaccid. This causes the airway to collapse or “obstruct”. Complete or partial airway obstruction will delay, and even prevent oxygen from entering the lungs. OSA causes snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, cardiovascular disease, and weight gain.
About CPAP Therapy
CPAP therapy is prescribed to provide immediate relief from the symptoms caused by OSA. A CPAP unit is a small medical compressor that generates a preset pressure. This pressure is then applied to the patient’s airway through a correctly fitted CPAP mask. The pressure level is set high enough to prevent collapse or obstruction of the airway during sleep. Your respiratory therapist monitors therapy to ensure effectiveness, and initiates changes as needed.
Benefits of CPAP therapy include:
- Eliminates Snoring Immediately
- Prevents Stroke And Heart Attacks
- Improves Blood Pressure
- Restores Natural Sleep Cycle
- Improves Daytime Sleepiness And Fatigue
- Increased Daytime Energy Levels
- Eliminates Morning Headaches
- Improves Mood And Feelings Of Depression
- Improves Memory And Concentration
- Decreases Risk Of Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Enhances Weight Loss
A Respiratory Therapist at CRC:
- can guide you through the process of diagnosis to Sleep Therapy Treatment, if required
- can provide in-home level 3 sleep testing
- can provide specialized care and education for the sleep apnea patient
- CRC offers a wide selection of CPAP, Auto CPAP units, humidifiers and masks
- Regular therapist support is provided to ensure compliance and success.
- Regular follow up reports generated to ensure treatment is adequate.
- Direct billing and Extended Healthcare Coverage Assistance.
- Special CPAP solutions provided for traveling
Call our office today at 403-329-9153 for your sleep consultation!
CRC Main Office
255-12 Street C North