sleepImageAcross the globe more than a million exhausted people with sleep apnea—a sleep and breathing disorder caused when throat muscles relax and block the airway during sleep—get into car accidents, causing over a thousand deaths every year.

 Apnea is linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, an additional $3.4 billion in medical costs, and $16 billion in auto collision costs. Even though apnea has telltale signs (loud snoring, daytime fatigue), it remains totally undiagnosed in almost 75 percent of the people.

Polysomnography, the only diagnostic sleep study for sleep apnea is not cheap generally. the standard medical sleep study, requires a medical technician to attach 22 wires to a person’s body and monitor them all night long. The average cost is nearly $3,000. This is quite an out of the pocket expense for anyone. Follow-up tests are even more cost bearing and burdensome. The idea of doing clinical sleep studies once a month to monitor progress is a diagnostic crack-pipe fantasy. Read the rest of this entry

women with sleep apneaSleep Apnea has long been thought to be a condition only experienced by middle-aged overweight men. The stereotypical snoring man who gasps for breath while sleeping and sometimes stops breathing altogether should no longer be the norm. Women make up a third of the total diagnosed population with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and manufacturers, sleep clinics, and retailers are starting to notice. New products have come to market in the last few months aimed solely at women patients.

Thirty-three percent of new patients who underwent a sleep study that resulted in OSA were women. It’s not surprising, of course, that women should suffer the same pains as men when it comes to sleep. However, diagnosis in women is usually harder to come by and sometimes overlooked. Why? There are a few reasons. First is the stereotype. Doctors too are often mislead by the stereotype and will not consider OSA as a possible reason for a woman’s tiredness or reduction in quality of life. Second, women tend to snore less often than men. Read the rest of this entry

Reggie WhiteThe Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) organized an additional day of screening for sleep apnea during the Super Bowl. Dr. Jim Moreau, a general dentist from the New Orleans area, associated with the PPHA to screen NFL football players for sleep apnea.

The PPHA is continuing its momentum with former NFL legends to help spread awareness on the deadly disorder Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea has taken the life of at least one former NFL great, Reggie White, and it is believed that sleep apnea is prevalent among other active and retired players as well.

Moreau has over 12 years of experience working with patients with disorders related to TMJ, facial muscles and occlusion (bites). In 2009, the year the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl, Moreau was invited to help provide specialized performance athletic mouth guards to about 25 New Orleans Saints players.  Read the rest of this entry

provent therapySleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release]/Asheville, NC /Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder suffered by millions of Americans, and shockingly 3 of 4 sufferers go undiagnosed. OSA constitutes the blocking of the airflow to the respiratory system for periods of time causing the sufferer loss of sleep and overall health.

When treating OSA the bulk of physicians will recommend continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP to their patients. This is a very effective method of treatment, but not all users are happy about wearing a CPAP mask throughout the night. In fact around half of users give up on CPAP therapy within a month.

A new alternative is Provent sleep therapy. Provent, manufactured by Ventus Medical, uses a “MicroValve” design which creates back pressure during exhalation to keep the airway from closing.

Provent was put to the test by Journal Sleep when they trialed its use with 250 sleep apnea sufferers. The study concluded that Provent therapy reduced the effects OSA noticeably during a three month time period.

For more information on Provent visit their website at http://www.proventtherapy.com/index.php  A 30 day trial can also be purchased at http://www.cheapcpapsupplies.com/Provent-30-Day-Supply.html

Philips Respironics Improves CPAP Machines

Building on their highly successful System One humidification, Philips  Respironics has introduced an additional humidification solution that enhances  performance, flexibility and comfort for the sleep apnea sufferer. The System  One Heated Tube provides CPAP users with air temperature control, improved humidification and rainout  protection. The Heated Tube can only be found on the Philips Respironics System  One REMstar Auto A-Flex with Heated Humidification and Heated Tube model  DS560TS.

The System One Heated Tube takes into account the room temperature and  humidity by using a sensor at the end of the Heated Tube to allow the CPAP user to choose what temperature is  right for them and at the same time protects against rainout. The Heated  Tube is a welcome advance in CPAP therapy and is just another reason why Philips  Respironics is a leader in the sleep therapy market. Read the rest of this entry

The ResMed S9 AutoSet CPAP machine is available from Sleep Restfully, Inc. The S9 Autoset is the finest auto-titrating CPAP machine on the market. Manufactured by ResMed, known for excellent quality CPAP machines and CPAP mask throughout the world, count on the S9 Autoset to control your obstructive sleep apnea.

The S9 AutoSet combines an intelligent algorithm with Easy-Breathe expiratory pressure relief (EPR) to dynamically adjust pressure for maximum comfort. Using ResMed’s time-tested APAP technology, AutoSet continually monitors breathing, adapting breath-by-breath to always deliver the lowest therapeutic pressure, improving comfort and sleep. Enhanced AutoSet is now able to differentiate between obstructive and central sleep apneas, so you can be confident that you are always receiving appropriate therapy and pressure. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ]/ Minneapolis, USA/  – SLEEP 2011 will bring current research and clinical practices to the forefront for sleep specialists from around the world this week at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC annual meeting. And Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) will demonstrate the latest advances in sleep with the premiere of “Pathway to Compliance.” The interactive showcase features the latest breakthroughs for diagnosing, treating and managing the entire spectrum of sleep-disordered breathing patients and guides them on their journey to better sleep. “Tremendous strides have been made to deepen our understanding of sleep,” says John Frank, Sr. Vice President, General Manager, Sleep and Respiratory Care, Philips Home Healthcare Solutions. “There is growing evidence of co-morbidities such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. As allies in better sleep and breathing, we are committed to meeting these challenges with intelligent solutions. With “Pathway to Compliance,” we will show how new advances are making the future of sleep and therapy compliance a reality for patients and clinicians.” Read the rest of this entry

This experimental device from Maple Grove-based Inspire Medical is designed to tame symptoms of sleep apnea. Not approved for general use in the U.S., the device is the subject of a new study involving two medical centers in Minnesota. (Courtesy to Pioneer Press: Inspire Medical)

People who struggle with obstructive sleep apnea often find that the leading treatment for the condition can make it just as tough to sleep.

Patients undergoing continuous positive airway pressure therapy – called CPAP, for short – must try to sleep while wearing a mask hooked to a bedside machine. The device pushes air through the mask to open the user’s airway, but many patients find the treatment itself is difficult to tolerate.

That frustrating trade-off is a key reason why two companies in the Twin Cities and another in California are racing to develop pacemaker-style equipment that could provide an alternative. The devices stimulate a nerve that controls tongue movement in hopes of preventing the tongue from blocking the airway during sleep.

The devices are being tested in research studies and – in a best-case scenario – wouldn’t be widely available in the United States for a few years. Even so, manufacturers will showcase their research this week at a meeting of sleep experts in Minneapolis. Doctors and analysts say the technological dream is not yet reality. [Read Complete Post By By Christopher Snowbeck … 

A study conducted in Las Vegas has found that of the 106 patients on which the CPAP mask was tried since February, 70 percent benefited, with medical officials reporting that the patients did not have to go on a mechanical ventilator.

CPAP was highly effective in the treatment of dyspnea (difficult or labored breathing) associated with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia,” states a preliminary report written by Bledsoe and Johnson to the Southern Nevada Health District.

Those conditions generally see a fluid buildup in the lungs. CPAP’s continuous positive pressure of air, pushing the fluid back into the soft tissue, allows gas exchange to flow better and simplifies a patient’s ability to take a breath.

If the preliminary results of the Las Vegas study stay about the same for about 300 patients, it’s expected that the health district will require the CPAP on all emergency medical service vehicles in Southern Nevada. Read the rest of this entry

Get Your Custom Fit CPAP Mask

Does anybody make a custom mask? “One that doesn’t require two inches of rubber and sticks this far out from my face?”
Acurest–an Australian company that makes a custom fit CPAP masks called TrueFit–but there was a problem larger than Australia and Texas combined.
Medical Art Prosthetics in Dallas  creates a mold of face and it is then sent to Australia. It was perfect–so perfect that Acurest is now partnering with Medical Art Prosthetics to make the TrueFit mask easier to get. Acurest Managing Director  Scott Coulter said the TrueFit mask costs about $1,400.00 but is usually covered by insurance because it lasts three years–longer he says than standard masks. [ Read Complete Post … ]
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