SLEEP APNEA EDUCATION
Mask Refit Policy
The mask interface to your CPAP or Bi-level equipment can be just as important to your therapy as the machine. At Sleep Solutions, our respiratory clinicians are continuously educated on the best CPAP masks and we purchase our equipment from the top manufacturers in the market. One of the first things we ask for from all new clients is for you to trust in our clinical experience. Sleep Solutions is one of Michigan’s leading suppliers of sleep therapy. Frequently, this takes patience. Below are our rules for Sleep Solutions Home Medical "Mask Fit Guarantee".
1) SSI may exchange mask/headgear within 30 days of initial setup if existing mask is found to cause soreness, redness, or intolerance.
2) If a mask refit is requested by the patient or physician after the first 30 days of use, the patient often must private pay for new mask and headgear. These are insurance/manufacturer requirements.
3) SSI will honor ONE mask exchange request from the physician or patient time during 90 day compliance period IF the patient has not met use/compliance requirements from their individual insurance company. Patient is responsible for additional masks/headgear thereafter (In some cases insurance may cover another mask within compliance period).
4) Mask refits on existing or new supply patients will take place at one of our locations. It is highly encouraged that the patient comes to the office so that they can choose from the many different options available to them. Special arrangements can be made for in home refits.
The single largest factor for most patients is achieving compliance standards that are often required by insurance companies. Please contact our clinical department for more details and advice on making home therapy work for you.
Pediatric sleep apnea is a breathing problem that occurs when a child’s upper airway narrows during sleep. Pediatric sleep apnea typically differs from adult sleep apnea in several ways. Children often have only short episodes of disrupted breathing that lead to frequent breaks in sleep.
Snoring, mouth breathing, restless sleep, bed-wetting, feeling tired upon awakening, daytime inattentiveness, mood swings and hyperactivity are common symptoms of pediatric sleep apnea. Enlarged adenoids or tonsils often cause pediatric sleep apnea. However, other conditions, such as muscle weakness, obesity and head and facial abnormalities, can also cause sleep apnea in children.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Several types of sleep apnea exist, but the most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. The most noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring.
Anyone can develop obstructive sleep apnea, although it most commonly affects middle-aged and older adults and people who are overweight. Obstructive sleep apnea treatment may involve using a device to keep your airway open or using a mouthpiece to thrust your jaw forward during sleep. Some undergo a procedure to change the structure of their nose, mouth or throat.
Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea is a disorder in which your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Central sleep apnea occurs because your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing — unlike obstructive sleep apnea, in which you can’t breathe normally because of upper airway obstruction. Central sleep apnea is less common, accounting for fewer than 5 percent of sleep apnea cases.
Central sleep apnea may occur as a result of other conditions, such as heart failure and stroke. Sleeping at a high altitude also may cause central sleep apnea.
Treatments for central sleep apnea may involve addressing predisposing conditions, using a device to assist breathing or using supplemental oxygen.