WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
These are involuntary interruptions in breathing that last at least 10 seconds, and that are repeated with a variable frequency during the period of sleep. These pauses in breathing are due to the total or partial closure of the upper airways (pharynx, larynx, trachea) and is frequently accompanied by snoring.
After each apnea, a very brief awakening occurs that you are not conscience of, that disrupts your sleep which becomes less restful. You wake up tired and are drowsy during the day.
There are different types of apnea:
- Obstructive (the most common): Upper airway obstruction is due to muscle relaxation, being overweight will be an aggravating factor.
- Central (more rare): The brain no longer gives the order to the respiratory muscles to operate and thus trigger breathing.
- Mixed, simultaneously obstructive and central.
Sleep Apnea Syndrome (SAS) can cause cardiovascular complications (heart attack) or cerebro-vascular risks (stroke) because the reduced rate of oxygen in the blood obliges the heart to work harder.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
A continuous positive airway pressure machine furnishes ambient air under a pressure determined by the specialist physician. This air-under-pressure is intended to maintain the upper airways open during sleep. By eliminating the respiratory events, the patient experiences a restful sleep and thus a good quality of life.
OUR HOME HEALTH MISSIONS
ARE THE FOLLOWING
- respond to all questions,
- install the prescribed equipment in the patient’s home,
- render the patient autonomous when using and maintaining the equipment,
- perform regular follow-up visits,
- provide a treatment diary and documents related to our service,
- check the hardware and restock the consumables,
- transmit a detailed report to the prescriber,
- help manage the administrative paperwork.