Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Treatment
So, you think you may have an Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, but you are unsure of what to do next.
It is estimated that over 100,000 Irish people suffer from Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) with up to 90% of people being undiagnosed. The prevalence of the disorder has grown over the last few decades due to a greater understanding of the disorder, and this has led to advancements in treatments.
Before you can look at what treatments are available, it is vital that you get diagnosed in the first place. The best way to start the process is to ask a partner, friend or relative to observe you while you are asleep. They may be able to spot episodes of breathlessness that could help to confirm a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
If this is not possible, or you have done the test above and sufficiently feel that you may have OSA, then you will need to visit your GP. When you see your GP, they’ll usually ask several questions about your symptoms, such as family history, whether you regularly fall asleep during the day against your will and such questions.
Your blood pressure will be measured, and a blood sample probably sent off to help rule out other conditions that could explain your tiredness, such as an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).
The next step is to observe you while you’re asleep at a local sleep centre. Your GP can refer you to specialist clinics or hospital departments that help treat people with sleep disorders. A full list of Irish sleep clinics can be found below.
Speak to Our Sleep Apnoea Advisers
Send on Your Prescription by E-mail, Text or Post
We’ll Arrange a Home Visit & Accessment with One of Our Expert
On-Going CPAP Monitoring, Help & Support from Our Expert Team
If you have been diagnosed with a Sleep Apnoea, please call us on 1 890 98 93 53 and we can arrange a home visit and assessment by one of our Sleep Apnoea Advisers. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact form below.
Beechfield Sleep are the distributors for Devilbiss CPAP Machines in Ireland. Devilbiss are global leaders in respiratory products and have over 130 years of market experience.
At Beechfield Sleep, we also stock a wide range of CPAP masks from the top brands including Philips Respironics, Resmed, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and Lowenstein.
Once you have been diagnosed, your doctor or healthcare specialist will give you a perscription. You can email this to us, post it to us or send it via SMS message. Once we receive the perscription, we will call you to arrange a home visit and assessment.
At Beechfield Sleep, we believe a home visit is vital to determine what machine and mask will suit best. Our national team of sleep specialists can visit you anywhere in Ireland, just call our helpline on 1890 989 353 or email email@example.com and make an appointment.
By visiting the home, we can see the environment in which the machine will be used and we can also observe the sleeping position of our customers. This information is vital for our sleep specialists to make an informed recommendation.
Our tailored approach is designed to minimise the chances of a customer not acclimitising to the treatment. The first few days are vital for this acclimitisation as often a user gets dispondent due to not feeling comfortable, and decides not to persue the therapy. At Beechfield Sleep, we aim to minimise this risk by getting the user comfortably sleeping as soon as possible.
During our initial visit, our sleep specialists will determine the proper pressure setting for the machine and also demonstrate how to use and maintain the machine and mask. Choosing which mask suits best is primarily determined by the sleeping position. Different masks suit different sleeping styles and a mask that suits someone who sleeps on their back, may not suit someone who sleeps on their stomach. Likewise, a different style mask may be required if you are a side sleeper. At Beechfield Sleep, we work with our customers to find a comfortable mask.
The first few nights on CPAP may be difficult, while patients acclimate. Many patients can find the mask uncomfortable, claustrophobic or embarrassing. There are also side effects such as congestion, runny nose, dry mouth, or nosebleeds. This is where aftercare and support is vital as changes and adaptions can be made to your CPAP machine and mask, to make it more comfortable.
Good support is the key to good treatment and at Beechfield Sleep, we are there for you to ensure you get the best CPAP machine and mask to help you acclimitise and reap the benefits.
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