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Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Posted by AASM Staff - https://aasm.org on Jul 19, 2020 9:36:00 AM

A study shows that fatigue is significantly reduced and energy increased in individuals with obstructive sleep apnea after 3 weeks of CPAP therapy.1 Most people with obstructive sleep apnea often experience fatigue and excessive daytime sleepiness. CPAP therapy is the treatment of choice for obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP provides a steady stream of air through a mask that is worn during sleep, which keeps the airway open to prevent pauses in breathing and restore normal oxygen levels.

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Topics: sleep apnea, treatment, bipap, CPAP therapy

Could Sleep Apnea Machines be a solution to the ventilator shortage?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Apr 1, 2020 2:30:00 PM

Doctors at New York-based Northwell Health made extra ventilators from breathing machines for people with conditions like sleep apnea and shared instructions online Tuesday.

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Topics: bipap, cpap machines

Maintaining and cleaning BiPAP machines

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 24, 2019 9:00:00 AM

You may be wondering if you should be cleaning your BiPAP machine in any particular way. Overtime, your BiPAP machine will collect dust, debris, and bacteria making it so your therapy isn’t as effective.

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Topics: bipap

The Difference Between CPAP and BiPAP?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 17, 2018 10:21:00 AM

BiPAP (also referred to as BPAP) stands for Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure, and is very similar in function and design to a CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure). Similar to a CPAP machine, A BiPAP machine is a non-invasive form of therapy for patients suffering from sleep apnea. Both machine types deliver pressurized air through a mask to the patient's airways. The air pressure keeps the throat muscles from collapsing and reducing obstructions by acting as a splint. Both CPAP and BiPAP machines allow patients to breathe easily and regularly throughout the night. 

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Topics: CPAP, cpap alternatives, bipap

Do you need BiPAP or CPAP therapy? A side by side review.

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Oct 17, 2017 4:00:00 AM

When it comes to treating sleep apnea, CPAP therapy is probably the first treatment that comes to mind. What probably never comes to mind, or at least not initially, is BiPAP therapy. And these two forms of treatment have more differences than just their names.

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Topics: CPAP success, bipap, CPAP therapy

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