Monthly Archives: February 2015

Sleep Apnoea and Driving

Sleep Apnoea and DrivingDriving requires skills that involve eye-hand coordination, accurate speed and calculations of directions. Driving entails full concentration as a driver constantly needs to survey the constantly changing road and its environment to make sure that the vehicle moves safely in the correct lane. Driving demands divided attention and to do this requires alertness and careful attention which can be a problem for patients with obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnea.

Sleepiness and Accident Rates

There are studies that indicate the role of fatigue and sleepiness in 20% of driving mishaps and accidents. Sleepiness may be caused by sleep deprivation, long working hours, alcohol consumption, shift work, new baby in the family and sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea.… Read More...

What is Positional Therapy?

Nightshift Positional Therapy

Nightshift Positional Therapy

In essence, positional therapy is the use of a device that helps prevent a person from sleeping in a certain position that has a negative impact on their sleep and health…

There are scientific evidences that show that more than 50% of light to moderate OSA patients who sleep on their back are subjected to increased airway obstruction during sleep. If an OSA patient experiences a more pronounced airway obstruction as he sleep on his back compared to sleeping sideways then it is more likely that he is suffering from Positional Obstructive Sleep Apnoea or POSA.

POSA Defined

Positional Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is simply defined as OSA with Apnoea/Hypopnoea Index (AHI) level that is at least twice as high when the patient is sleeping supine (on his back) than sleeping in any other position.… Read More...

How Mandibular Advancement Devices Work

Oral or dental appliances or devices may be considered a treatment option for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) patients who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. Oral or dental appliances are termed mandibular advancement devices (MAD) or mandibular advancement splints (MAS).

How MAD Works

How MAD Works

Mandibular Advancement Device Explained

The oral appliance comprise of a mouth guard that is fitted to the bottom and top teeth and then joined in such a way that the bottom teeth is positioned in front of the top teeth. As the lower jaw is pushed slightly forward, the soft tissues and muscles of the upper airway are tightened thereby preventing obstruction of the airway during sleep.… Read More...

How Nasal EPAP Works

Provent Nasal EPAP

Provent EPAP Device

Nasal Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) is an innovative treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). The device is a small valve with a hypoallergenic adhesive externally attached to the patient’s nostrils for a night’s use.

Here at CPAP Victoria, we sell EPAP devices in the form of Provent. In recent clinical studies, Provent Therapy demonstrated significant improvement across all levels of OSA severity and reduced snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness. 

Read on to learn more about EPAP…

What is EPAP?

The one-way valve permits airflow into the airways as the patient inhales, but resists airflow when the patient breathes out.… Read More...