Questions for Clinicians


There are two major sleep disorders with symptoms so similar they may go misdiagnosed. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, occurs when the throat muscles relax and block the airway during sleep. Symptoms for OSA include excessive daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, gasping or choking, headaches, difficulty concentrating and mood changes.

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Ask a CPAP Clinician

Anyone who uses a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea, or anyone who knows someone who does, is aware how vital the network of resources is to that individual.  Especially during the beginning of treatment when it is challenging to become acclimated to using the CPAP machine to help you breathe when you sleep. You need to know you have someone to talk to who understands what it is you are going through.  Sometimes it is just a matter of adjusting the CPAP mask that is needed, but other times, CPAP treatment can seem like a real inconvenience if you do not take advantage of these resources.

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If you are living with sleep apnea, you know the importance of finding a mask that works to fit your specific needs. Sometimes in the beginning, it takes a little time to realize when a mask is not holding up its end of the bargain. In that case, the medical equipment company has a policy, usually around three weeks, where you can try the first mask you choose and as long as you are within the 21 day period, you can change masks without additional charges.  But what happens if you have had your machine for 6 months and you want to try out a new mask?

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How Does a Home Sleep Apnea Test Work?

Have you recently experienced serious sleepiness during the day even though you get to bed at a reasonable hour? Do you find yourself waking up at night feeling like you’re choking or can’t get enough breath? This can be very scary and you may feel like you want to know what is going on, but don’t know where to start. As with most medical concerns, an appointment with your doctor will begin your path to a better understanding your sleep health.

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Alternative Treatments for Sleep Apnea - Do They Work?

Those of us who are in the world of sleep apnea are very familiar with the CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure).  We know how it is made to be worn with a mask and it forces air to the user to maintain an open airway when sleeping.  This machine saves lives by making sure sleep apnea sufferers breathe properly and is the most common form of treatment for sleep apnea, but sometimes it is not the best fit for a patient.  Sometimes the patient can simply not become accustomed to CPAP treatment.  Sometimes the patient may be interested in other ways to make the situation better.  So what else can you do?

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