Respironics has launched BiPAP autoSV, a FDA approved device intended to provide noninvasive ventilatory support to treat adult patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Respiratory Insufficiency caused by central and/or mixed apneas and periodic breathing. What is Sleep Apnea? During a normal sleep cycle, you fall asleep in stages. Your body goes through five sleep stages that begin with drowsiness, advancing to a light sleep, drifting into a deep sleep, and ending in the fifth stage called Rapid Eye Movement (REM). If you have sleep apnea, your body stops breathing for a few seconds during this sleep cycle. Your system signals that there is a lack of oxygen and jolts you awake to kick start your breathing. So, your body has to start the sleep cycle again. This may leave you feeling very tired the next day. You may not even notice or remember that you awoke during the night because it happened so quickly, but in most sleep apnea sufferers, breathing starts and stops several times. Some patients can even experience hundreds of episodes a night. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Solution: The BiPAP autoSV device delivers optimal therapy for these complicated sleep-disordered breathing patients utilizing a multi-level algorithm. On a breath-by-breath basis, the revolutionary algorithm utilizes Respironics’ core technologies to adjust pressure support upon detecting a sleep event, such as an apnea, hypopnea or periodic breathing, to stabilize the patient’s breathing pattern. This algorithm also calculates the patient’s spontaneous breathing rate and will automatically trigger a breath for the patient should a sleep event occur.
Do you often wake up feeling weary after a full night’s sleep? Have you been told frequently that you snore very loudly while sleeping? Do you feel lethargic and sleepy through out the day? If the answer is yes to all of them, then, maybe you are suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder wherein breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. The word apnea literally means without breath. Do you know polysomnogram is the name of the test which is conducted to diagnose sleep apnea? It is very important to undergo this test, because, in severe and prolonged cases of sleep apnea people may suffer from heart failure. According to Dr. Brian Schroder, as people fall asleep, their muscle tone decreases, their jaw may fall open, and it may drop back a little bit. When it does, the tongue and all the soft tissue tends to impinge or close the airway, which causes the snoring sounds. Don’t panic, various treatments are available for sleep apnea. The Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP®) is one of them. TAP® is a custom adjustable oral appliance that is worn while sleeping. This appliance prevents snoring and sleep apnea, by holding the lower jaw forward and thus avoids the tongue and the soft tissue of the throat from collapsing into the airway. Let the price tag of about $1,800 to $2,000 for the Thornton Adjustable Positioner, not dishearten you. The TAP® is covered by insurance. So, when you file for insurance to cover the price for TAP®, do so under medical insurance and not under dental insurance. This is because, oral appliances, are in the same category as durable medical equipment and prostheses. Stop suffering anymore from sleep-disordered breathing. Go ahead, and improve your health and lifestyle by having the Thornton Adjustable Positioner fitted into your mouth by a qualified dentist. via: cbs13, amisleep Image:(1),(2)