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  • Apnea Info
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    Introduction to OSA
    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea and is caused by obstruction of the upper airway. The individual with OSA is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening.

    Symptoms may be present for years or even decades without identification, during which time the individual may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance.
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    What is Sleep Apnea
    This 10-minute video produced by the American Sleep Apnea Association, explains what sleep apnea is, what its consequences may be, how diagnostic testing is performed, the different treatment options, and how CPAP works.

    In the video, the patient with sleep apnea and their physician, answer commonly asked questions about diagnosis and treatment.
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    Apneas and Hypopneas
    This brief video gives a definition for apneas and hypopneas. It is an excerpt from the video “What is Sleep Apnea” produced by the American Sleep Apnea Association.
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    Heart Risk
    Dr. Kingman Strohl talks about possible adverse health consequences of untreated OSA.
  • CPAP
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    Welcome to CPAP Therapy
    Positive airway pressure machines, used with a variety of breathing masks, are the most widely used treatment for moderate and severe sleep apnea.

    The mask, worn snugly over the nose, or sometimes nose and mouth during sleep, supplies pressurized air that flows continuously or intermittently into the sleeper's airway. The increased air pressure prevents the airway from collapsing while sleeping.

    The pressurized air is supplied through a flexible tube from one of several types of machines: CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), BiPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure), VPAP (variable positive airway pressure), and others. Studies on the effect of PAP therapy show that OSA patients who consistently use their machines feel better and, as a result of the reduction of apnea and hypopnea episodes during sleep, encounter fewer complications of the disease.
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    CPAP Therapy
    This brief video provides an overview of PAP therapy for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Oral Appliances
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    Oral Appliance Therapy and OSA
    This video illustrates the overall patient experience for oral appliance therapy, and is produced by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

    Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. An oral appliance is a small device that fits in the mouth like a sports mouthguard or orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances help prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep, and promote adequate air intake.

    Oral appliances may be used alone or in combination with other treatments for sleep-related breathing disorders, such as weight management, surgery or CPAP.
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    TAP Appliance
    The Thornton Adjustable Positioner® (TAP®) is a simple, patient-friendly treatment solution for snoring and sleep apnea. The TAP holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not fall open during the night and cause the airway to collapse. It maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.

    The unique design allows the patient to fine-tune his/her treatment at home and work with the clinician to achieve the best results. Patients are empowered to manage the degree of lower jaw protrusion over as many nights as it takes to achieve the optimal treatment position. The TAP has a single point of central adjustment, which prevents uneven bilateral adjustment that can create an irregular bite and discomfort.
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    Narval Appliance
    ResMed’s Narval™ CC is engineered to offer patients greater comfort than ever before to help them adhere to therapy. A mandibular repositioning oral appliance is designed specifically for the treatment of adult obstructive sleep apnea.
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    Somnodent
    SomnoDent is a custom-made oral appliance for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). SomnoDent is worn during sleep to provide Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT) by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This movement tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway, which prevents obstructive apneas while you sleep.
  • Other Treatments
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    Provent
    Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy is an effective treatment for OSA. This discreet, disposable device is applied to the nostrils nightly and requires no mask or machine. Provent Therapy uses the power of your own breathing to create Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) to hold the airway open and enable natural airflow.
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    Inspire
    The Inspire system consists of three components: a small generator, a breathing sensor lead, and a stimulation lead—all controlled by the small handheld Inspire sleep remote. Simply turn the therapy on at night before bed, and off in the morning when you wake up. When activated, Inspire therapy continuously monitors your breathing patterns during sleep and delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open.
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    Is Inspire Therapy Right For You?
    Find out the four basic steps you need to take in order to learn if you may be a candidate for Inspire therapy.
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    Current Treatment Options
    This video surveys the continuum of today’s OSA therapies including: lifestyle changes, CPAP, oral appliances, surgical options, as well as Inspire therapy.
  • Patient Instructions
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    ApneaLink Air Patient Instructions
    ApneaLink Air is a convenient and simple solution to assist Dr. Johnson in calibrating your oral appliance.

    Please review this video to allow for the proper placement and use of the ApneaLink Air.

    Written instructions can also be found
    here.
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