CONTINUOUS POSITIVE AIRWAY PRESSURE (CPAP)
The standard rental program is a month long, during this time we expect to touch base with you weekly to assess the quality of your treatment and to assist you in becoming a compliant CPAP user.
Misconceptions about CPAP.
1. The machines are noisy....Back in the day when CPAP was invented (in1980), yes they were noisy! But not anymore! Like with any technology, advancements are made. The motors in CPAP devices now are tiny, and if you have the right mask fit, the CPAP machines are hard to hear at all.
2. The masks are uncomfortable...Once again, if we go back a few years, yes... However, come in and check out the latest masks, soft and silky! Manufactures of CPAP equipment bring out new masks all the time, with the aim of being more comfortable than the last. There is a HUGE range to choose from!
Frequently Asked Questions ???
Excessive daytime sleepiness, Heavy snoring, Poor concentration and Poor memory are all signs that you may be suffering from Sleep Apnoea
What is Sleep Apnoea ?
Sleep Apnoea and snoring are common Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB) problems that can affect your sleep, health and overall quality of life. Normally the muscles that control the upper airway relax during sleep, if they relax too much, the upper airway becomes narrow and some people begin to snore. If the airway becomes too narrow, this may cause breathing difficulties sometimes, the airway becomes completely blocked and the person temporarily stops breathing, they are experiencing an “obstructive Apnoea.” The Apnoea can last for ten seconds or more, it may happen frequently and even several hundred times a night.
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If you have this condition every time an Apnoea occurs you struggle to breathe. This places stress on your brain and heart, night after night, your sleep is disrupted. You will experience the kind of tiredness that affects the quality of your life, work and relationships. Your partner may witness tell-tale signs of Sleep Apnoea while you sleep – snoring followed by a long period of silence, and then, perhaps, a loud snort or a gasp as you resume breathing. Sleep Apnoea is widespread and very common yet often remains undiagnosed.
The road to feeling better...Often getting started on CPAP is not easy, we encourage all our clients to call us with any queries or complaints. Our Goal is to get YOU up and running with your CPAP and feeling better quickly. Here are a few do's and don'ts to get you on your way:
- It is important that you "practice" using your equipment in the first few weeks, we suggest using it for half an hour a day while you are NOT trying to sleep, in this way training yourself in how to use the equipment while you are not worried about what you have to do the next day.
- Use your therapy every time you are sleeping, even for cat naps!
- Attend regular appointments with your therapist and discuss any issues you may have had in the previous weeks.
- CALL us on (03) 5447 8827 if you are experiencing any new or unusual symptoms.
- Suffer in silence, please call us with any issues or questions, we are here to help!
- Take your mask off after waking during the night (it is often tempting to leave your mask off after a night waking, if you do, please try and use it for a little longer each night, and eventually you will be using it for the whole night).
- Don't forget to put water in your humidifier.
Fisher & Paykel ICON+ CPAP DeviceWe listened, we heard and we responded with an easy and simple to use patient menu. This new menu offers easy access to the three most commonly used settings (on/off, ramp, humidity). These enhancements minimize your patient set-up and product instruction time, thus promoting a positive experience for you and your patients.
1. Water ChamberOne-piece chamber.
Holds 420 ml of water and is dishwashable.
2. InfoUSB 2 / USB portThe USB Port houses the InfoUSB 2 to record data on patient compliance, efficacy and flow.
Intuitive controls allow one touch navigation of the Menu System, using a Press, Turn and Press Principle.