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Respironics CPAP masks include innovative designs for adults and children

Posted by Sarah Roberts on Apr 12, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Philips Respironics is another popular brand among CPAP users. They offer a variety of masks from nasal pillow masks to full-face masks.  This article will discuss the Wisp Nasal Mask and the DreamWear Nasal Cradle mask.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, children, CPAP

Fisher & Paykel CPAP mask review: Eson 2 Nasal Mask and Brevida

Posted by Sarah Roberts on Mar 15, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Just as there are lots of fish in the sea, so it is with CPAP masks, and here at the Alaska Sleep Clinic, we want to match you with the mask that will be the best fit for you.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, apnea, CPAP

New CPAP mask design for ResMed Airfit series

Posted by Sarah Roberts on Feb 22, 2017 12:45:14 PM


Two new facemasks are just now available to the United States this quarter: the ResMed AirFit N20 nasal mask and the F20 full-face mask for positive airway pressure (PAP) treatment of sleep apnea. 


According to ResMed, these masks are now designed to fit nearly everyone. Testing showed that the N20 fit 99 percent of patients tested, and the F20 fit 97 perfect – regardless of facial structure, gender or age. The website says that the mask is a culmination of 3 years of research and development.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, apnea, CPAP, technology

Understanding Your CPAP Machine

Posted by Rich Crane on Nov 8, 2016 10:09:11 AM

 

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are a lifesaver to those struggling with obstructive sleep apnea.  Whether you’re thinking about getting a CPAP machine or already have one, this post is for you. 

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Topics: CPAP

In-Lab Sleep Study Versus Home Sleep Test

Posted by Rich Crane on Aug 19, 2016 5:00:00 AM


Sleep studies are the diagnostic tool used to identify sleep disorders.  These are performed under the care of sleep professionals in one of two settings: in-lab or a home sleep test.  There are pros and cons to each environment, but make no mistake.  Completing an in-lab study is proven to be much more effective and controlled than a home sleep test.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, sleep study, CPAP, home sleep test, cost of a sleep study, in-lab study

How much does a sleep apnea machine cost? Costs, Insurance, Rates

Posted by Laci Michaud on May 18, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Does this scenario sound familiar?  You have a snoring problem.  You come into a sleep lab to have a sleep study conducted and find out you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.

The next thought is “ok, so how do I treat my sleep apnea?”

The most common way to treat sleep apnea is to be put on a positive airway pressure (PAP) machine while you sleep.  PAP Therapy involves placing a small mask or nasal pillows over the nose or nose and mouth and blowing compressed air into the lungs.

PAP machines are also known as Durable Medical Equipment (DME).  DME is the medical term for long lasting medical equipment prescribed by a doctor for use in your home. 

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Topics: CPAP

CPAP Filters: Why filter replacement is so imporant

Posted by Laci Michaud on May 12, 2016 2:07:53 PM

As with any equipment you purchase, maintaining your CPAP is important.  An area often overlooked are the filters in your CPAP machine.  It is not only important to regularly change your filters for the health of your CPAP but it also directly impacts the user's health as well. 

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Topics: CPAP

4 realities of life with sleep apnea and living with your CPAP Machine

Posted by Laci Michaud on Mar 31, 2016 4:04:04 PM


Everyone wants to receive a restful night’s sleep.  Humans are the only living creatures that will delay sleeping on purpose.  Every other mammal on the planet sleeps when their body tells them to.  However, when you have untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sometimes lack of sleep is inevitable.

Below are four realities of living life with sleep apnea for patients after they are diagnosed:

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Topics: CPAP, life with sleep apnea

How To Travel With CPAP? 3 tips on how to travel with sleep apnea

Posted by Laci Michaud on Feb 16, 2016 6:08:08 PM

 

TRAVELING WITH SLEEP APNEA

With the annual Spring Break vacations right around the corner, the staff at the Alaska Sleep Clinic sees an influx of patients coming in asking questions such as “how do I travel when I have sleep apnea?”

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Topics: Sleep, apnea, CPAP, travel

6 Common Questions about CPAP Therapy

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jun 12, 2015 8:40:41 PM

"There are naive questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate self-criticism. But every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a dumb question." – Carl Sagan.

When it comes to proper treatment for any health condition, patient education is often the most crucial aspect in compliance with therapy. Patients that are uninformed about their disorder and treatment options are among the first to quickly abandon therapy. It's sad to see patients go through the process of exploring their symptoms, seeking diagnosis, and getting set-up with treatment, only to discontinue treatment after a short time. And one of the biggest factors for patients quitting treatment is a lack of quality education from medical professionals about the necessity of continued therapy.

At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we strongly believe that well-informed patients will be most likely to succeed in successful treatment. That's why we constantly listen to our patients' questions and concerns, and strive to provide the best answers and resources possible for them.

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Topics: CPAP compliance, CPAP

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