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Chin Straps- the good, bad and ugly

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…


Added by Russell Macmillan on March 2, 2011 at 9:56pm — 1 Comment

Hello all, 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 experie…

Hello all,

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…


Added by Gautam Soparkar on February 26, 2011 at 8:15pm — No Comments

CPAPsalm 23

CPAPsalm 23

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 — 7 Comments

What Every Person with Sleep Apnea Should Know About The Positive Use of Their CPAP or BiPAP Machine

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…


Added by Mark Andrew Hixson on August 15, 2010 at 3:06am — 2 Comments

State Sleep Societies List

State Sleep Societies (Randy Townsend, a Sleep Tech, compiled this list):

Alabama Association of Sleep Professionals


Added by Mike on May 17, 2010 at 7:25am — No Comments

Resmed Bi-Level Terminology

Bilevel Terminology

  • 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 — No Comments

Resmed ResScan Definitions, Abbreviations, Terminology

ResScan 3.7 Terms & Definitions

Usage = the time that a patient receives therapy from the device

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 — No Comments

How to consult in person with Dr. Mueller

Dr. Mueller is the Medical Director of:

Cardiovascular Diagnostics, PC

Medical Associates of New York

401 E. 55 St.

New York, NY 10022-4103

t: 212.593.9800

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 — No Comments

about R. Mueller, MD, FACC, FACP

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 — 2 Comments

Mild-Moderate Sleep Apnea

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…


Added by dr. martin bassiur on March 16, 2010 at 1:18pm — 5 Comments

What are the causes of Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

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…


Added by Dr. Jonathan Greenburg on March 11, 2010 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Can't Sleep? Follow our "Sleep Hygiene Guidelines."

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.

All of us experience difficulty sleeping occasionally. When the problem persists it…

Added by GR8SLEEP on February 9, 2010 at 1:23am — 3 Comments

The First Sleep Tech

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 — 1 Comment

Evidence that Obstructive Sleep Apnea Causes Brain Damage

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 — 1 Comment

Review of three ResMed Masks - Mirage Micro (nasal mask), Mirage Quattro (full-face mask), and Mirage Swift II (nasal pillows)

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 — 6 Comments

Various Polysomnography Software Results Printouts

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 PSG software.

Added by Judy on October 16, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

One PAPper's Review of the ProBasics Zzz-Mask

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 — 9 Comments

Some HCPCS Codes

Imu posted this list at but it seemed worth "borrowing" the list and posting it here.


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 — 1 Comment

Health Care Blue Book -

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 — No Comments

Your Guide to Healthy Sleep


Added by Victoria Castro on August 4, 2009 at 11:10pm — 2 Comments

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