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Oxygen or CPAP Therapy; Which Do You Need?

Oxygen or CPAP Therapy; Which Do You Need?

One well-known fact about sleep apnea is that it is caused by a pause in breathing during sleep. This pause in turn, affects the amount of oxygen that is being sent to the brain. Because of this, many question whether oxygen therapy might be a better solution for sleep apnea than CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, therapy.

Hypoxemia, or an abnormally low concentration of oxygen in the blood, is a direct result of untreated sleep apnea. While hypoxemia is seen in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it is more prevalent in patients suffering from central sleep apnea (CSA). When speaking about sleep apnea, most individuals are referring to OSA because it is the most abundant type of sleep apnea. CSA only occurs in about 20% of people who are diagnosed with sleep apnea, and is more often a side effect of another disease such as Parkinson’s disease, severe arthritis, or kidney failure.

In cases such as these, CSA is not often able to be treated by the use of a CPAP machine; in fact, CSA is typically not treated, but controlled. An article from sleepapnea.org states that the most effective management of CSA is oxygen therapy due to the fact that the oxygen can help with their breathing during the day and night as well as helping to manage their other symptoms from the corresponding disease that is causing their sleep apnea.

On the other hand, those suffering from OSA are best helped with the treatment of CPAP therapy. A study from the National Health Institute showed that when compared with individuals who attempted to treat OSA with oxygen therapy, patients using CPAP therapy demonstrated an immediate improvement in REM sleep. Because a person suffering from untreated sleep apnea constantly stops breathing, they are not able to fully achieve REM, or deep sleep. This study showed that in the first night of utilizing CPAP therapy, these patients not only reached REM sleep but they also received more oxygen to their brain.

Untreated sleep apnea of any kind can lead to serious, long and short-term consequences. Many individuals suffering from untreated sleep apnea experience mood swings, constant tiredness, memory loss, weight gain, and more. If sleep apnea remains untreated for an extended period of time, these side effects are heightened and the possibility of death is increased. Thankfully, treatment is easy and convenient.

Aeroflow Healthcare offers all of the top-brand CPAP masks, machines, supplies, and accessories, and they may be available to you at little-to-no cost through insurance. To see if you qualify for your CPAP equipment through insurance simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our Patient Care Representatives will verify your insurance and contact you to discuss your coverage and options.

Take control of your sleep apnea today and start sleeping better tonight!

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