Symptoms of Untreated Sleep Apnea:

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea is a condition that affects more than 18 million Americans. While it is a common sleep disorder, it can have long-term side effects, and it is essential to be aware of its warning signs. The most common sleep apnea symptoms include:
  • Loud snoring
  • Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep (reported by another person)
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Awakening with a dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Excessive sleepiness (hypersomnia)
  • Difficulty paying attention while awake
  • Irritability

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Risk Factors:

Some factors that increase the risk of this form of sleep apnea include:
  • Being overweight
  • Neck circumference
  • A narrowed airway: Tonsils or adenoids can enlarge and block the airway, particularly in children
  • Being male: Men are two to three times more likely to have sleep apnea than women
  • Use of alcohol or smoking
  • Nasal congestion

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

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CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)

CPAP therapy, the standard treatment for relieving OSA, involves using a CPAP machine to regulate your breathing during sleep. When your practitioner prescribes home CPAP therapy, Lincare will work with you to ensure that the settings and the device prescribed work best for you.

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SleepEaze™

SleepEaze™ is a Lincare program that provides education about your sleep disorder. The service may include: 

  • Home or virtual visits by our licensed clinicians
  • Education regarding obstructive sleep apnea
  • Prescribed therapies and equipment management
  • An overnight oximetry test when prescribed
  • Follow-up reporting based on the results
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Bilevel Therapy

Bilevel positive airway pressure therapy treats central and complex sleep apnea. It delivers inhale and exhale pressure to regulate your breathing as you sleep. If your practitioner recommends bilevel therapy, Lincare will work with you and your practitioner to help you get the most out of your treatment.

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