A whole new level of help for sleep apnea patients

Research over the past decade has clearly established that Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a risk factor for obesity, heart disease, reflux and diabetes. OSA is a disorder that occurs during sleep, when tissues in the throat relax and obstruct the airway. Once diagnosed, OSA is typically treated with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP to keep air flowing into the lungs.

Many patients have difficulty adjusting to CPAP therapy and need specialized help that’s not always available. Recent studies have demonstrated that intensive CPAP management dramatically improves your ability to adjust to it. This is critical to your overall health.

Sleep HealthCare of Connecticut helps its sleep apnea patients by:

  • Providing a variety of CPAP masks and delivery options to assure optimal comfort.
  • Alerting patients to new advances in CPAP technology.
  • Monitoring CPAP equipment maintenance.
  • Offering neurofeedback and other advanced relaxation therapies to assure long term usage and promote overall good health.

The three parts of CPAP equipment:

  • A mask that fits over the nose or nose and mouth, held on by straps. There are various sizes and shapes of mask and finding the most comfortable one for you is important to getting the most out of CPAP treatment.
  • A tube that connects the mask to the CPAP machine.
  • A small machine that blows air through the tube and mask to keep the airway open. The air pressure blowing through the tube and mask needs to be properly adjusted for maximum comfort and effectiveness.

Why adjustment to CPAP can be difficult:

  • The mask isn’t comfortable. Maybe you prefer to breathe through your mouth, but you have a mask that only covers your nose. Perhaps the straps or the mask itself bothers you when you sleep on your side.
  • The idea of sleeping with a mask is disturbing. You may feel claustrophobic. Or you may feel unattractive to your bed partner. (Although they’ll love the mask if it stops you from snoring!)
  • The equipment you’ve selected does not fit your lifestyle. For example, too heavy, not travel friendly, too noisy.

Sleep HealthCare offers you a new level of help:

  • Understanding. In general, the sleep medicine field has treated sleep apnea as an acute problem – not a long term health issue. Once you’ve been diagnosed and fitted with your initial CPAP equipment, other sleep centers are not geared to your long term well being. Sleep HealthCare is.
  • Expert knowledge of new options. Technology is constantly evolving and new CPAP equipment comes out all the time. Because we develop a relationship with our patients we’ll recognize when a new device or mask design will help you – and let you know.
  • Advanced techniques like Neurofeedback to help you adjust.

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