CPAP and Sleep Apnea Education Center

About the Manufacturer: DeVilbiss

DeVilbiss Heathcare is a leader in the healthcare industry, specializing in sleep therapy, oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy, suction therapy and ENT therapy. It is currently based in Somerset, PA and maintains the majority of its manufacturing within the United States. However, distribution also includes more than 100 countries, making it one of the world’s leading manufacturers of healthcare products. The idea for the company started when Dr. Allen DeVilbiss, the founder, created the first atomizer in the late 1880’s to help his patients breathe easier.

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Top CPAP Masks for Women

One thing many CPAP therapy patients complain about when beginning treatment is that it is so difficult to find a mask that fits properly. Not every mask fits every face, and this can be especially tough on women with smaller facial features. If you are a lady in need of CPAP therapy and are having this issue, read on for some helpful tips to select the perfect CPAP masks for women.

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Are Salt Intake and Sleep Apnea Linked?

I admit it.  I like to add salt to my food.  I always have.  I know there is already plenty of salt in what I eat, especially if it is processed, but unless I stop myself, I will occasionally add salt to my food anyway.  I know it’s not healthy, especially as someone with heart disease in the family.  But now we have one more reason to reduce salt intake.  New research from Brazilian scientists may show that salt intake and sleep apnea are connected.

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Denture Removal and Sleep Apnea

OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea brings additional health risks than can be life-threatening if not treated. Stroke, heart failure, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic fatigue and other factors are only a few of the possible illnesses associated with sleep apnea. Most people who wear dentures at night usually take them out in order to prevent issues associated with excessive denture wear. Doctors frequently recommend removal of dentures before sleep because it is often associated with “chronic inflammatory changes leading to irritation, periodontitis, and alveolar bone resorption in the denture-supporting area,” according to researcher, H. Arisak.

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Sleep Apnea Diagnosis with the Watch-PAT 200

In the last several years, both treatments and diagnosis for sleep apnea have developed to increase patient comfort and convenience.  The process to determine if a patient has sleep apnea starts with testing.  In the past, it was necessary to test in a hospital environment at a sleep lab.  In this sleep lab, the patient has monitors and sensors applied at specific points on the body while a group of technicians and doctors watch how they sleep.  This can be a little unnerving for some and is the reason why in-home testing has been developed.

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What is the Sleep Doctor Looking for When Reading My At-Home Sleep Test?

After an in-home sleep study has been completed, and returned to Aeroflow Healthcare, it is then interpreted by the board-certified sleep physicians working with us. If the patient is not familiar with what the sleep doctor is looking for, they may feel slightly vulnerable. It can be unnerving to feel poorly and not know what is going on to cause it. In order to put nervous patients a little more at ease, here are the indicators our sleep doctors are looking for when reading the results of an in home sleep study.

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