About Edmonton Sleep Institute
Helping Edmonton sleep better.
Edmonton Sleep Institute is proud to be recognized as one of the leading providers of specialized sleep care for patients in the greater Edmonton region. Our experienced and compassionate team of Respiratory Therapists are dedicated to supporting patients on the path to better sleep.
Edmonton Sleep Institute offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic sleep disorder services, including individualized treatment plans and a variety of treatment options. We also offer comprehensive sleep apnea education designed to empower patients with the knowledge to understand and manage their condition.
With patients at the core of everything we do, Edmonton Sleep Institute strives to always provide rapid results and the highest level of ongoing care and support. We believe that improving the quality of sleep has a direct impact on improving health and quality of life, and are committed to helping our patients achieve the healthiest life possible. Our professional staff at each location look forward to serving you and working as part of your healthcare team.
What is CPAP?
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy is the most common treatment solution for patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
The breathing of patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea is interrupted when their throat briefly collapses and obstructs the airway, causing them to momentarily stop breathing during their sleep. Aside from the obvious detriment to a good night’s sleep, obstructive sleep apnea can also lead to other serious health problems such as heart disease and stroke.
CPAP devices are designed to gently deliver a constant stream of pressured air through a mask to keep the airway open while breathing, thus resulting in a more restful and healthy night’s sleep.
How do CPAP machines work?
CPAP machines deliver air via a mask that is placed over the nose, or the mouth and nose. The machine draws in air from the room and pressurizes it to a level prescribed by a physician. The air is delivered in a continuous stream through a mask to the patient’s airway. The machines are very quiet, and many of them have a small water tank that adds moisture to the air to reduce dry mouth, throat and nasal passages, and to make CPAP therapy a more comfortable experience.
A flexible hose (typically six feet in length) connects the machine to the mask, delivering the pressurized air to the patient.
There are a variety of different types of masks, including masks that only cover the nose (nasal CPAP, or NCPAP) and masks that cover the nose and mouth. Masks that cover the nose and mouth are needed for patients who breathe through the mouth when sleeping. While it may take time to adjust to sleeping with a mask, the benefits of CPAP therapy far outweigh the initial discomfort some patients may experience.
Patients who regularly use CPAP devices to improve their sleep can expect a variety of benefits from the therapy. Common positive outcomes include:
- Reduction or elimination of snoring
- Reduced blood pressure
- Better quality of sleep
- Decrease in drowsiness during the day / increased alertness
- Lowered risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes
Level III sleep studies are done in the comfort of your own home, using a portable device that collects sleep data including oxygen levels, airflow, snoring, and body position. A referral is required from a physician in order to do an at-home sleep study. These at-home tests are more accessible and less costly than sleep studies performed in a laboratory, and can be useful in providing a diagnosis. Level III sleep studies are very effective in diagnosing moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, however for other suspected sleep disorders, an in-laboratory sleep study may be the best diagnostic route.
If a Diagnosis of obstructive Sleep Apnea is made during a sleep study, a CPAP trial may be recommended. CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a device which is used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. This test is conducted, once again, at home over the course of 7-10 days or as directed. Upon return a therapist will review your results and can assist with obtaining a prescription should the continuation of therapy be warranted. Additional tests may be added such as an overnight oximetry test, which can be used to determine the effectiveness of CPAP therapy by measuring the amount of oxygen in the blood while using CPAP.
Pulmonary Consult Referrals
In some cases, following an at-home sleep study, it may be recommended that an in-laboratory study, for further evaluation of a sleep disorder be conducted. Our Edmonton Sleep Institute Staff can then facilitate a referral for the recommended Level I sleep study by associated Pulmonary Consult.
CPAP Machine and Supply Sales
Our professional and knowledgeable staff may assist you in purchasing a New or Replacement CPAP machine as well as aid you in mask fittings. Edmonton Sleep Institute carries a wide variety of sleep apnea masks from full face masks to the new hybrid nasal masks. Please contact the office for further information.
Please Note: Insurance coverage varies. Please contact your insurance Provider in regard to coverage and the ability to Direct Bill, a pre-authorization may be required prior to purchase.
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