What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects millions of Americans. Sleep apnea is the most prevalent of a group of sleep problems called sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) conditions. The three main types of sleep apnea are obstructive, central and mixed. By far, the most common form of the disorder is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), where a physical obstruction of the patient’s respiratory tract prevents steady air flow to and from the lungs.

What happens when a person experiences sleep apnea? Because the upper airway closes, there is a pause in breathing. This usually lasts less than 10 seconds, but can exceed 2-3 minutes for severe cases of sleep apnea. Along with the obvious hazards that periodic and irregular nighttime breathing poses, there are a host of side effects from sleep apnea, including:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Fatigue and sluggishness
  • Hypertension
  • Nighttime gasps (the most common symptom of sleep apnea)
  • and much more

Sleep apnea impacts the body’s ability to properly inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. This airway management imbalance is the gateway to a host of potential health problems, and more than 1 in 5 American adults suffer from the disorder – that’s why proper sleep apnea treatment is more critical than ever.

 

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Once sleep apnea is diagnosed, a range of remedies are on the table. A doctor may prescribe medication, oral aids or even surgery. A popular sleep apnea treatment is a sleep apnea machine, usually called a CPAP machine. This device supplies “continuous positive airway pressure.” A CPAP machine provides constant airflow with the aid of a sleep apnea mask, which is placed over the patient’s nose and mouth. The mask helps remove carbon dioxide during the exhale process, and also maintains a controlled environment to keep the upper respiratory tract open.

CPAP machines have been available since the early 1980s. Like many technologies, the advancements in sleep apnea treatment have been impressive; today, a person with sleep apnea can use a CPAP machine to enjoy a restful night’s sleep – and the accompanying health benefits that go along with proper rest.

Sleep apnea treatment is also more portable than ever, thanks to a new generation of miniCPAP machines available. With whisper-quiet operation, powerful built-in software functionality and a host of supporting accessories and power options, the Transcend Auto, Transcend EZEX and Transcend II CPAP machines provide sleep apnea solutions for everyone.

 

Sleep Apnea Solutions – miniCPAP Machines

Sleep Science Resource LLC offers the family of Transcend® Sleep Apnea Therapy System sleep apnea solutions. Our Transcend EZEX™, Transcend II and Transcend Auto™ CPAP machines offer small, compact sizes and are packed with powerful performance characteristics. Plus, with Comprehensive Compliance Reporting you’re automatically synchronized with crucial machine data, including individual settings, AHI, total therapy hours, leak detection reporting and more.

For more information about Sleep Science Resource LLC and our complete line of miniCPAP machines, accessories and other products, please call (800) 678-9695, visit our contact page or send an email to our CPAP specialists at info@miniCPAP.com. We look forward to hearing from you today!

 

 


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