What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition in which a person has episodes of stopped breathing during sleep. This sleep disorder affects over 20 million Americans and many do not even know they have the disease. Click here to view common sign/symptoms and risk factors for OSA.(PDF)
Alegent Health at Home – Medical Equipment specializes in the treatment of OSA through CPAP and BiPAP. Our expert team of Respiratory Therapists customize each patient’s equipment while providing ongoing education and support.
What is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure?)
One of the most reliable treatment options for OSA is CPAP. A CPAP machine works during sleep by gently blowing air into a mask applied over your nose. The air pressure keeps the airway open, thus eliminating the apnea and frequent awakenings.
What is BiPAP?
A BiPAP (bi-level positive airway pressure) machine is similar to a CPAP machine except that it is programmed to deliver air at two different pressures. When a person inhales the pressure is higher and when exhaling, the pressure is lower. Your physician will prescribe your pressure settings.
Sleep Disorders like OSA are diagnosed through an overnight sleep study. Click here to learn more about Alegent Health’s Sleep Disorder’s Center.
If diagnosed with OSA, Contact: Alegent Health at Home - Medical Equipment