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5 Alternative Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

If your patients don't want to wear a CPAP mask, then you can try recommending alternative sleep apnea treatment options. We've written about how sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that requires professional medical attention when diagnosed.. CPAP therapy is one of the most common treatment methods technologists and sleep physicians recommend to those who have sleep apnea.

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Treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb

What are the best treatment options available for both conditions? The AAST has an in-depth Journal Club article that details the various effective diagnosis and treatment options for patients who are suspected of having RLS or PLMD. This learning module is available online at a reduced price for AAST members and is also availabe to non-members

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How to Diagnose & Treat the 5 Most Common Sleep …

Common Treatment Types for REM Sleep Behavior Disorder. REM sleep behavior disorder is commonly treated with medications. Injury prevention is key if you're affected. Key Takeaways. It’s crucial to seek professional help if you’re experiencing sleep problems and feel you recognize any of the symptoms above are happening to you. To summarize:

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Obstructive vs. Central Sleep Apnea: Key Differences and

Treatment Options CPAP. CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is a treatment technique for your patients who have sleep apnea. The CPAP devices keep your patient's airways open using mild air pressure and are used by patients who have problems breathing while they sleep.

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Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with a Cannabimimetic

Stimulation of the vagus nerve is a treatment for epilepsy, and is known to cause increases in episodes of sleep apnea. 2. Dr. Carley recently teamed with Dr. Phyllis Zee and colleagues at Northwestern University to test the effects of dronabinol on obstructive sleep apnea patients. 3 A sample of 73 adults was randomly assigned to placebo, low

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Pros and Cons of Dental Sleep Apnea Treatment Devices

How do oral devices work for sleep apnea treatment? CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) therapy is still the most prescribed therapy option for reducing apnea symptoms, but there are many different sleep apnea treatment options (like BiPAP TM) that are readily available to patients.. However, even with all of the options and advances in PAP therapy, some people are still unable to tolerate

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Fall Course Learning Module on Hypoventilation Treatment

Treatment of hypoventilation primarily is directed at correcting the underlying disorder. Learn more about the treatment of hypoventilation using pressure support and non-invasive ventilation by viewing this advanced learning module by Emerson Kerr, RRT, RPSGT, s enior field marketing manager for Philips Respironics.

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Webinar: Improving Outcomes: Alternative Treatment Strategies

October 25, 2021| 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. CT. Join us for a live webinar to discuss alternative therapies in patient diagnosis and treatment, the benefits of combination therapy, and follow up patient care plans. Join us for this webinar presentation with time allotted for Q&A to follow.

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Scoring Obstructive Hypopnea vs. Central Hypopnea

Whereas obstructive apneas and even obstructive hypopnea events respond well to CPAP, most central events respond better to other treatment modalities. Central apnea events are usually well controlled with either the pressure support provided with Bi-level or even the additional support of a back-up rate provided with Bi-level ST.

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What is PAP Therapy

PAP therapy, or positive airway pressure therapy, is a general term that health professionals apply to all sleep apnea treatments that provide patients with a stream of compressed air while they sleep to support their airway. Your patient wears a mask while sleeping with PAP therapy. The device then blows pressurized air from the room into the patient's upper airway through the mask with …

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Lack of Sleep and Depression: Causes and Treatment Options

People with depression commonly experience disturbed sleep patterns, but the way depression affects sleep varies widely. Here is a list of some of the most common effects of depression on sleep: Difficulty falling asleep. Difficulty staying asleep. Waking up early in the morning. Oversleeping. Sleeping during the day. Poor quality of sleep.

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Learn COPD, Overlap Syndrome And Treatment For Hypoventilation

"Treatment of Hypoventilation Using Pressure Support and Non-invasive Ventilation" 1. Discriminate pressure support from continuous PAP. 2. Discuss the mechanisms of pressure support therapies. 3. Identify disorders where pressure support is the appropriate treatment.

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What is APAP Therapy

Also keep in mind that each individual manufacturer has its own proprietary APAP algorithm, and each performs at a different level, responding differently to different breathing patterns. That is why it is important for you to use a device that has a clinically validated algorithm to ensure adequate treatment. 3. APAP machines allow for flexibility

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Obstructive Lung Disease vs Restrictive Lung Disease

Treatment Options for Obstructive Lung Disease. Treatments for obstructive lung disease work by opening up narrowed airways. Smooth muscle spasms in the airway walls often narrow the airways causing bronchospasm. Medication for relaxing these smooth muscles and improving airflow are known as bronchodilators.

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What is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Therapy

CPAP, the abbreviation for continuous positive airway pressure therapy, is a treatment method for patients who have sleep apnea. CPAP machines use mild air pressure to keep the airways open, and are typically used by patients who have breathing problems during sleep. More specifically, what CPAP therapy helps accomplish is making sure that your

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Causes and Treatment Options

Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder. The first step, obviously, is to get more light. Light therapy alone has resolved the disorder in 85% of those diagnosed with it. Light therapy is available in a number of ways. Getting outdoors on a bright winter day, or bringing more light into the home are two ways almost everyone can self-help.

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Circadian Rhythm Treatment Guidelines Updated

Clinical practice guideline for the treatment of intrinsic circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders: advanced sleep-wake phase disorder (ASWPD), delayed sleep-wake phase disorder (DSWPD), non-24-hour sleepwake rhythm disorder (N24SWD), and irregular sleep-wake rhythm disorder (ISWRD). An update for 2015. J Clin Sleep Med 2015;11 (10):1199 -1236 . 2.

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Sexsomnia Sleep Disorder: Signs, Symptoms and Causes

Sexsomnia can be successfully treated. Treatment depends on the underlying cause, if known, and includes: Treating sleep apnea. Positive sexsomnia results have been reported in sleep apnea patients being treated with an oral appliance for sleep apnea or using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Taking antidepressants.

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Sleep Related Eating Disorder: Signs, Symptoms, Causes and

As a sleep professional, it's important that you educate your patients on parasomnias, such as a sleep-related eating disorder (SRED), since sleep disorders like these could negatively impact a patient’s health through weight gain and obesity.

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What to Look Out For in REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

What is the treatment for REM behavior disorder? The AASM released a Best Practice Guide for the Treatment of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) which describes in-depth some of the latest and safest treatment methods that are recommended by sleep physicians that technologists in the field should be aware of.

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RBD: The Kicking and Screaming Sleep Disorder

While not much is known about RBD, there are effective forms of treatment. Sleep studies can aid in diagnosing RBD, and prescription medicine has increased …

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Inspire Therapy, an Alternative to the CPAP Machine

The treatment comprises a breathing sensor and a stimulation lead that's powered by a small battery. The device continuously monitors breathing as you sleep and delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles and gently moves the tongue and other soft tissues out of the airway so you can breathe during sleep.

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Sleepwalking (Somnambulism): Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and

What are Sleepwalking Treatment Options? Medicine and other types of medical treatments usually aren't necessary for sleepwalking. Treating the underlying health condition that causes sleepwalking, such as OSA, might help reduce episodes. This is why you'll want to see your physician if sleepwalking is a persistent problem.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (Cabin Fever): Symptoms

This treatment involves the patient sitting in front of a 10,000 lux bright light box daily for around 30 to 45 minutes, typically in the early morning when they wake up. This continues from fall to spring. The light box is: Around 20 times brighter than regular indoor light;

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What Is Sleep Apnea

OSA treatment depends on the severity of your patient's OSA. If it's mild, they have several treatment options available to them. If they have a more moderate-to-severe case of apnea, they'll require CPAP or another form or treatment. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) With CSA, your patient has a loss of respiratory effort. While sleeping, your patient

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What Is Narcolepsy

What Are the Treatment Options for Narcolepsy? There are several options for narcolepsy treatment once your patient has a diagnosis of narcolepsy. These include: Medications. While there's no cure for narcolepsy, the patient's EDS, cataplexy, and other symptoms can be controlled with drug treatment.

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Pros and Cons of Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV) for

Fast, effective treatment is the best solution for sleep apnea. In order to properly treat this disorder, the first step is reaching a diagnosis during a sleep study. Once the study is complete a sleep physician will evaluate the results to determine what type of sleep apnea patients have and which treatment will be the most effective for them.

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Sleep and Epilepsy: Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a technique used to treat epilepsy. It involves implanting a pacemaker-like device that generates pulses of electricity to stimulate the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is one of the 12 cranial nerves, which conduct impulses between the brain and other parts of the brain and va rious body structures, mostly in the

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RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME AND DIABETES

Even with proper treatment to control glucose levels, a complication of diabetes is peripheral neuropathy (i.e., nerve damage), which may manifest as numbness, pain in the hands or feet, or weakness in the limbs. How diabetic neuropathy occurs is unclear. Some pathological processes that have been suggested include: Loss of nerve growth factors.

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The Role of CPAP in Treating Respiratory Distress in

With reports that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy prevented or delayed some patients with COVID-19 from progressing to needing a ventilator and reduced chances of death were encouraging, there was an interest in developing CPAP devices that could provide noninvasive ventilation or using less familiar forms of CPAP. Scientists are now aware that CPAP treatment may not be

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PAP Eliminates Apnea. Why Doesn’t It Eliminate OSAS

One possible exception is the recommendation that patients are compliant with their treatment, using motivational enhancement. Another possible exception is the recommendation that OSAS patients lose weight. But analysis of the APPLES study found that PAP use actually resulted in a statistically significant weight increase,

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Pediatric Sleep Problems: Diagnosis, Types, and Prognosis

Treatment has shown improvement in ADHD following the treatment of SRBD, providing additional evidence into this bidirectional relationship. Enlarged tonsils is a common cause of SRBD in children. An exam finding tonsil enlargement is sometimes absent in children with suspected SRBD, but other characteristics, such as a nasal septal deviation

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Delayed Sleep

DSPS Treatment. The goal of DSPS treatment is to shift the sleep/wake phases to a more socially “normal” time. This shift can be accomplished by bright light therapy, melatonin therapy and chronotherapy. Bright Light Therapy. Bright light therapy is the strategic use of strong-intensity light to shift a person’s circadian phases earlier

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Does Snoring Increase The Risk of Stroke

Let Your Patients Know Treatment is Available. About 10 percent of adults suffer from sleep apnea, but only a small percentage ever get it treated, with either surgery or breathing devices. The most common method of treatment is PAP therapy, whether that involves using …

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: December 15, 2020

From the article: “The DREAM (Dual-sided Hypoglossal neRvE stimulAtion for the treatMent of Obstructive Sleep Apnea) study is a pivotal, Investigational Device Exemption trial designed to support the marketing authorization of the Genio system in the United States. This multicenter, prospective, open-label, observational study will enroll 134

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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

What Are the Treatment Options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea? If your patient has a milder case of OSA, the physician may start off by recommending lifestyle changes such as: Losing Excess Weight. Even if your patient loses a slight amount of extra weight, it can help relieve their throat constriction.

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Past AAST Educational Offerings

Technological Advances in the Evaluation and Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea . This sponsored webinar gave viewers a medical career lifetime perspective on the evaluation and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea; where it all started, where we are …

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Recent Sleep Disorder News, January 2021

It Could Be a Treatment Target for RBD, Narcolepsy, & Cataplexy [JANUARY 15, 2021] Cleveland Clinic : What You Should Know About Sleep Paralysis and ‘Sleep Demons’ [JANUARY 14, 2021] Sleep Review : Wearable RLS Therapy Developer Completes $17M Million Series B Financing [JANUARY 12, 2021] Eminetra : Genes may be associated with sleep

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What are Respiratory Event Related Arousals (RERAs)

What are R espiratory Event Related arousals?. Respiratory Event Related Arousals (RERAs) are occurrences sleep technologists may see during a patient's sleep study. Apneas and hypopneas can last anywhere from 10 seconds to over 2 minutes depending on the severity of the patient's condition, and it's important to note that RERAs do not meet the criteria to be called an apnea or hypopnea

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Dealing with PAP Refusals: Patients Who Don't Want CPAP

How to best deal with patients who are exhibiting PAP refusal (don't want CPAP treatment) We’ve all been there. Our patient desperately needs CPAP, he’s the perfect candidate, but… after you push that button you hear the dreaded response “No!There’s no way I’m wearing that!”

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