Hello fellow sufferers - my name is Russ. I am fairly new to SG but more than likely, I have endured very similar obstacles as you. I have always been a snorer and was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. I distinctly remember the first night I tried the CPAP machine that my MD insisted would help me. I awoke a few hours into the night with complete frustration – I was very uncomfortable, my mouth was dry, my jaw ached, and the side of my face was incredibly sore. I sat at the edge of my bed… Continue
Added by Russell Macmillan on March 2, 2011 at 9:56pm —
I am a relatively new member of SleepGuide. I am a physician practising in Canada and have recently published a small book called "The Quick and Easy Sleep Apnea Book", based on my experience in treating sleep apnea and many of its medical complications. While I do not intend to give specific medical advice through the book, I do hope to provide a basic overview of sleep apnea, correct some misconceptions and provide answers not easily found elsewhere.
Please check… Continue
Added by Gautam Soparkar on February 26, 2011 at 8:15pm —
1 CPAP therapy is my shepherd; I shall not choke.
2 He maketh me to lie down on strange looking, expensive pillows; he leadeth me beside the heated humidifier waters.
3 He restoreth my blood-oxygen levels; he leadeth me in the paths of REM sleep for his name's sake.…
Added by Rooster on September 7, 2010 at 11:22am —
CPAP is the most common and most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or sleep disordered breathing. The continuous flow of air from a CPAP machine keeps your airway from collapsing during sleep and helps maintain stable oxygen levels as you sleep. CPAP’s main target is to help you maintain a steady, healthy level of breathing through the night.
For a lot of people, the positive results of using a CPAP machine are quick and dramatic. The initial night of using… Continue
Added by Mark Andrew Hixson on August 15, 2010 at 3:06am —
State Sleep Societies (Randy Townsend, a Sleep Tech, compiled this list):
Alabama Association of Sleep Professionals http://www.aasp.us/
Added by Mike on May 17, 2010 at 7:25am —
- IPAP (inspiratory positive airway pressure) - The pressure delivered to assist the patient when inhaling
- EPAP (expiratory positive airway pressure) - The pressure delivered when the patient is exhaling. Naturally this pressure is less than IPAP because the patient breathes against it. For many conditions EPAP is necessary for airway patency
- Maximum IPAP time (maximum time a device will deliver IPAP) - Most…
Added by Judy on March 27, 2010 at 10:30pm —
ResScan 3.7 Terms & Definitions
Usage = the time that a patient receives therapy from the device Continue
Used days > X hours Y minutes = total number of days where daily usage exceeded the compliance threshold
% Used days > X hours Y minutes = calculates the percentage of used days out of the total number of days selected
Total hours used = total patient usage of a selected…
Added by Judy on March 26, 2010 at 1:00am —
Dr. Mueller is the Medical Director of:
Cardiovascular Diagnostics, PC
Medical Associates of New York
401 E. 55 St.
New York, NY 10022-4103
On Staff at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Campus
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Elected Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, and many others
Voted one of the Best Doctors, New York Metro Area (Castle… Continue
Added by richard mueller, md, facc, facp on March 21, 2010 at 8:10am —
I'm a cardiologist in Midtown Manhattan with an interest in sleep apnea as it pertains to the heart. Cardiovascular repercussions of sleep apnea are plentiful and this is an active area of research. Many cardiologists are not attuned to the effects of sleep apnea on the heart, but that is changing recently for the better. I am board certified in 6 fields: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Echocardiography, Lipidology, Vascular Medicine, and Phlebology (venous disease), as well as certified in… Continue
Added by richard mueller, md, facc, facp on March 21, 2010 at 8:07am —
One must understand that mild-to-moderate sleep apnea may be successfully treated with a custom made oral appliance. The reported success rate is >85% with one-year compliance @ >85%. Too often an oral appliance is over-looked and only considered when CPAP cannot be tolerated. When in fact, oral appliance therapy should be recommended for the initial treatment of mild-to-moderate sleep apnea.
On the other hand, severe sleep apnea should be treated… Continue
Added by dr. martin bassiur on March 16, 2010 at 1:18pm —
Dr. Jonathan Greenburg is one of the leading experts in the field of snoring and Sleep Apnea. He is presenting a series of articles to help you better understand the causes, effects, and proper successful treatment of snoring and Sleep Apnea.
Causes of Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Well if you think about it, what happens if you have a big tongue in a small mouth? The majority of patients I have… Continue
Added by Dr. Jonathan Greenburg on March 11, 2010 at 7:06pm —
Many people find that when they're stressed, they can't sleep, or sleeping is more difficult. There are many reasons for this (read about stress and its role in sleep problems), and there are many solutions as well. Continue
All of us experience difficulty sleeping occasionally. When the problem persists it…
Added by GR8SLEEP on February 9, 2010 at 1:23am —
The First Sleep Tech
Peter McGregor, RPSGT, dies at age 81
By Mike Bederka
In 2003, Peter McGregor, RPSGT, described the early days of being a sleep technologist. "We were invisible," he told me. "We worked at night and very seldom met with the physicians."
He wanted to bring techs out of the shadows, and his four-pronged plan dramatically changed the sleep landscape: Establish an identity and give a sense of community for techs; open communication… Continue
Added by RL on February 4, 2010 at 4:02pm —
Brain damage may explain problems related to sleep apnea such as memory loss and mood changes.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
AASM | 03/26/2009
Studies show that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects much more than just your sleep. It can even damage your brain.
A recent brain imaging study from France involved 16 adults. Each of them had just been diagnosed with sleep apnea.
In numerous brain regions the study found a loss of “gray matter”.… Continue
Added by RL on January 12, 2010 at 8:31pm —
I'm new to CPAP, and have been using my ResMed AutoSet II for just under a month. Before I started with CPAP, I researched the various types of masks available, which fall into three categories-- nasal masks, full-face masks, and nasal pillows.
During the last three weeks, I've had the opportunity to try each of these three types. Here are my impressions of each.
Mirage Micro Nasal Mask
This was the first mask I used, and it works well for me. I'm able to… Continue
Added by Andy on November 15, 2009 at 2:30pm —
I will post more as they become available.This is a full scored data summary report w/condensed graphs that I think was created by the Alice
Added by Judy on October 16, 2009 at 12:00am —
Well, having given up on finding a way to mitigate the problem w/the Resmed Quattro full face mask's flimsy outter cushion cover's sharp edges slicing into the bridge of my nose quite some time ago, I decided since I was due for a new mask to give another full face mask a try.
I had asked about the Respiornics FullLife but my provider didn't have any in stock and whilst they would have ordered if I insisted they were willing to let me try any of the full face they had in stock in my… Continue
Added by Judy on October 6, 2009 at 9:30am —
Imu posted this list at apneasupport.com but it seemed worth "borrowing" the list and posting it here.
CPAP/BiPAP MACHINE CODES
E0601 Continuous airway pressure (CPAP/APAP) device
E0470 Respiratory assist device, bi-level pressure (BiPAP) capability, WITHOUT backup rate feature, used with noninvasive interface, e.g., nasal or facial mask (intermittent assist device with continuous positive airway pressure device)
E0471 Respiratory assist device, bi-level pressure… Continue
Added by Judy on August 31, 2009 at 7:47pm —
If you would like to compare your doctor or hospital/facility fees w/other doctors or hospitals/facilities' fees in your area - or - other areas of the country the Healthcare Blue Book serves much as the Car Buyer's Blue Book.
I don't know why these darn hyperlinks don't work for me!!! You'll just have to cut and paste the URL into your browser.
Added by Judy on August 27, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Added by Victoria Castro on August 4, 2009 at 11:10pm —