Caring for Sleep Apnea

Caring for Sleep Apnea

Great Lakes Caring Home Medical Equipment

Some mild cases of sleep apnea can be treated with conservative methods such as weight loss, quitting smoking, changing sleep positions to improve breathing and avoiding alcohol/sleeping pills as sleep aids. However, for many cases of sleep apnea, home medical equipment is needed to properly treat the condition. At Great Lakes Caring Home Medical Equipment, we carry two of the most popular machines used to help alleviate the struggles of sleep apnea, which are:

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine

CPAP Machines from Great Lakes Caring Home Medical EquipmentMost commonly prescribed by doctors to sleep apnea patients, this machine provides a constant flow of air through a mask that is worn over the nose and/or mouth in order to keep your airway passage open during sleep.

Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) Machine

Works like a CPAP machine, except provides two levels of air pressure: one pressure for inhalation, and a lower pressure for exhalation. Read about a woman whose adventurous lifestyle was sidelined by her sleep apnea, and how our BiPAP machine helped her get back out on the field of life.

Both machines can be fitted with additional accessories to provide better comfort and a more custom fit for the patient. Contact Great Lakes Caring Home Medical Equipment and we’ll help determine the right machine for you.

Sleep Apnea

A Silent Threat
Sleep apnea is a common, but serious sleep disorder that interrupts your breathing during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
This is the more common form of apnea caused by an over-relaxation of the throat, in which soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep, blocking the airway.

Central Sleep Apnea
This form of sleep apnea is not caused by a blockage of the airway, but by a failure of the brain to send signals to the muscles that control ones breathing.

If left untreated, the sleep and oxygen deprivation caused by sleep apnea can create major health issues, including: