Are you concerned that you or your partner has sleep apnea? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine provides this definition:
“Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder that involves a decrease or complete halt in airflow despite an ongoing effort to breathe. It occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing the soft tissue in the back of the throat to collapse and block the upper airway. This leads to partial reductions (hypopneas) and complete pauses (apneas) in breathing that last at least 10 seconds during sleep. Most pauses last between 10 and 30 seconds, but some may persist for one minute or longer. This can lead to abrupt reductions in blood oxygen saturation, with oxygen falling as much as 40% or more in severe cases.
The brain responds to the lack of oxygen by alerting the body, causing a brief arousal from sleep that restores normal breathing. This pattern can occur hundreds of times in one night. The result is a fragmented quality of sleep that often produces an excessive level of daytime sleepiness.
Most people with OSA snore loudly and frequently, with periods of silence when airflow is reduced or blocked. They then make choking, snorting or gasping sounds when their airway reopens.”
In helping to assess your risk for OSA, several factors increase your likelihood of developing the condition:
We recommend that you conduct a self-test to get started on your evaluation. If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may suffer from a sleep-related disorder:
If you've answered yes to any of these questions, please take the test below. This questionnaire is used by some doctors to screen patients for sleep disorders. You can fill it out and see the results to assess your score. If necessary, you should share your results with your doctor.
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Even if you have not done some of these things recently, try to work out how they would have affected you. Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0=would never doze
1=slight chance of dozing
2=moderate chance of dozing
3=high chance of dozing
Take the first step to resolving your sleep issues! HorizoneAire makes it easy to complete an overnight sleep screening — right in the comfort of your home. Simply contact HorizonAire — our sleep screening diagnostic device can be used at home and will provide your doctor with the information needed to determine if you have a sleep disorder and what to do next.
Your results will determine if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and if so, to what degree:
AHI refers to Apnea-Hypopnea Index, an average that represents the combined number of apneas and hypopneas that occur per hour of sleep.
ApneaLink Air Home Sleep Test Tutorial
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If your overnight sleep study indicates that you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), then you may be prescribed Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy. A CPAP machine is one of the most common and effective treatments of OSA. CPAP machines in St. John’s help provide a steady stream of pressurized air to patients through a mask that they wear during sleep. This airflow helps keep the airway open, preventing pauses in breathing and restoring normal oxygen levels. Patients can choose from numerous mask sizes and styles to achieve a good fit. Heated humidifiers that connect to CPAP units contribute to patient comfort.
When you are ready to be set up with the CPAP therapy device, a trained Respiratory Therapist from HorizonAire will provide a complete education on the equipment and answer your questions. We'll ensure that you understand exactly how to use your device for best results.
Our team can help you choose the best CPAP option for your individual needs. If you are a first time user, we strongly recommend you have a trial rental prior to purchase. If CPAP therapy treatment works successfully for you, our rental policy allows you to apply your rental paid invoices as a down payment toward the purchase of a CPAP device (maximum $450.00) providing you purchase within your first 90 days.
Option 2: Rent-To-Own Re-Rental CPAP
Re-rental CPAP Auto with heated humidifier and mask included:
Option 3: Quality Care New Device Purchase
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As our slogan says, HorizonAire believes in Helping You Breathe Easy! With that in mind, we realize that close follow-up during the initial weeks of CPAP use is crucial for long term benefits. HorizonAire staff will be available to offer helpful compliance tips and to address any concerns you may have regarding your treatment.