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There are many stakeholders in the continuum of sleep apnea care. However, it usually starts with recognition of one’s symptoms and risk factors and discussion with one’s primary provider. They can order a home sleep test or an in-lab sleep study and can either supervise your treatment or refer to a sleep specialist.
Is Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) treatment right for me?
For all types of sleep apnea (obstructive, central, mixed), Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP, BiPAP/VPAP, ASV) therapy has the most consistent
efficacy. It has the added benefit of immediate and continuous efficacy and compliance monitoring. It is prescribed by your physician and dispensed by a durable medical equipment company.
How do I use the PAP equipment?
When you receive your PAP machine, you are given specific instructions based on machine type and manufacturer. ApneaPath offers an introductory SetUP service you can utilize with approval of your DME.
What if I have questions & problems with my PAP therapy?
Your first recourse if to contact your DME provider. You can also call your physician prescriber. ApneaPath offers a free service for PAP problems & can suggest possible solutions
Where do I order supplies for my PAP system?
Your DME vendor in coordination with your insurance, can provide a recurring schedule of supplies. ApneaPath provides system for ordering supplies.
What are Alternative Treatments?
PAP is the most effective treatment for all severities of sleep apnea, but not everyone can tolerate it. There are alternatives, particularly for mild to moderate sleep apnea. Dental appliances that advance the lower jaw are dispensed by dentists. Different surgical procedures target anatomic structures that obstruct the airway. An Implantable device(INSPIRE) is a newer option where electrical signals effect tongue protrusion when asleep. Recently, end-expiratory valve therapy has been available. In most, weight loss is advised and many respond to positional treatment.
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Why am I not better?
Some still complain of remaining symptoms after objective successful sleep apnea treatment. If good sleep hygiene is already being practiced, the presence of other unrecognized sleep disorders should be considered. This may range from concomitant insomnia, or other unrecognized sleep disruptors such as restless leg or periodic limb movement. It is also now recognized that a subset of successfully treated sleep apnea patients have residual Excessive Daytime Sleepiness that require medications. A sleep specialist may help further evaluation.
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