Potential New Advances in Treating Sleep Apnea
If you’re a sufferer of sleep apnea, you already know the high risks that can come about if your condition is left untreated. Here at Resp Shop, we’re constantly on the lookout for the latest new advancements in treating sleep apnea, and there may be a promising new solution on the market for those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep Stimulation Devices
One of the newest advancements to make waves in the study of sleep apnea is what doctors are calling sleep stimulation devices. The leading innovator of this new device is a Minnesota company called Inspire Medical Systems, which has developed the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation Device. The Inspire device is implanted into your chest surgically and provides mild stimulation to the muscles and soft tissues that may relax and block airways (causing apnea events) during sleep, as well as the hypoglossal nerve that controls your tongue and other key airway muscles.
Unlike other treatments, the Inspire device is said to target the root cause of the problem — those muscles which may relax and limit your ability to breathe. Inspire also monitors every breath you take and provides stimulation when it senses that an episode may occur. The Inspire device comes with a handheld sleep remote that you turn on at night when you go to sleep and then turn off when you wake up, so it’s only being used while you’re at rest or sleeping.
Inspire recommends this new treatment for those with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (an AHI of 20 to 65) who are over the age of 22 and not significantly overweight. It is not likely that the system will completely replacement CPAP machines. In fact, Inspire says that the device is only suitable for those who are unable to use or get consistent benefits from a CPAP machine.
The Value of the CPAP Filter
“Change the filter, change your life.” OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but did you know that maintaining your CPAP with regular filter changes is a great way to keep your machine — and you — in great shape? Here’s why: your CPAP takes in air from the room, complete with all the pesky dust, dirt, dander, allergens, smoke and micro-contaminants that swirl about your environment. The filter’s job is to ensure that those small particles don’t make their way into your machine, and ultimately, your lungs. Plus, when your filter gets clogged up, it compromises your CPAP machine’s ability to work at its best.
Finding the Right CPAP Filter
Choosing the right CPAP filter may seem daunting, but Resp Shop is here to help. The first thing to take note of when you’re shopping for CPAP filters is that you’ll see both disposable and non-disposable options. You want to choose an option that suits your specific lifestyle and budget. Disposable CPAP filters are by and large considered the most convenient option, since you don’t have to fuss with washing them. Additionally, they can be more effective at filtering smaller particles in ambient air, so they’re ideal for those with allergies.
A reusable CPAP filter is typically made from an easy-to-rinse foam material that you can rinse and replace every week or so. These types of filters are ideal for those with allergies, too. Some people actually refer to reusable filters as “pollen filters” because they’re good at trapping larger particles such as pollen and dirt. You can also choose one of our bacteria filters if you’d like to be able to significantly reduce the bacterial and viral content in your CPAP air without deterring from the flow of your CPAP device.
Remember to completely change your filters at least once every couple of months, regardless of if you choose the disposable or washable option. The washable styles will need to be regularly cleaned throughout the time they’re being used.
Sleepnet: Comfortable, Affordable CPAP Masks
Here at Resp Shop, we know that a comfortable mask is key to helping sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders get a good night’s rest. That’s why we offer a large selection of high-quality Sleepnet sleep apnea and ventilation masks featuring ultra- comfortable gel cushioning and innovative headgear. The last thing you want is to finally get settled in and then have to get up to adjust your mask! Sleepnet is a New Hampshire-based medical innovator that manufactures every one of its masks in the U.S.
What sets Sleepnet apart is its patented AIR Gel technology, which comes closer to your skin than any other CPAP mask cushion. AIR Gel is a soft, flexible cushioning that protects skin from pressure points and irritation, ensuring fewer sleep interruptions. Designed to eliminate pain, these masks feature ventilation via built-in leak ports so that a separate device is not needed. They’re also built with highly conformable, custom-to-you Custom Fit Technology featuring headgear that you can mold to you for the perfect fit. Additionally, some Sleepnet masks are available in multiple sizes for an even better fit.
Choosing Your Sleepnet Mask
There are a variety of different Sleepnet CPAP masks available to suit your unique needs, including full face masks and three-point styles. So which one should you choose? If you tend to toss and turn at night, we recommend the Sleepnet Aura, feature Sleepnet’s Active Headgear Connector that moves with you and responds to your movements without damaging the quality of your seal. The popular Sleepnet Mojo is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an exceptionally comfortable full face CPAP mask.
Regardless of which mask you choose, you can take advantage of Resp Shop’s 30-day return policy to ensure that you’re completely satisfied with your mask purchase.