Respiratory therapy, acknowledged by the Code des Professions du Québec, is the branch within the healthcare system that deals in the expertise of the cardio respiratory system. Respiratory therapists assist doctors in diagnosing, treating and caring for patients suffering from respiratory and cardio/lung problems. For more information on our Respiratory Therapy Service, click here.
One of the many fields of activity in respiratory therapy, among others, is sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) is characterized by repetitive episodes of airflow reduction (hypopnea) or cessation (apnea) due to upper airway collapse during sleep, lasting for a minimum period of 10 seconds. This condition can be considered rather disabling and in some cases may even lead to death. There are three types of sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and complex sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is considered to be almost as common as asthma. More than 26% of Canadians, over the age of 18, are at a high risk of developing sleep apnea. It is estimated that approximately 85% of those who have sleep apnea have yet to be diagnosed.
The CPAP, (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, to this day, remains the most efficient treatment for sleep apnea. The present CPAP device on the market is a small and very quiet compressor. It is linked to the mask with tubing whereby a continuous positive pressure is delivered, keeping the upper airways open. This is how obstructive sleep apnea is treated.
Over the years, CPAP devices have improved and are now considerably more sophisticated. Today’s devices now provide an efficient treatment due to their advanced technology that facilitates the adaptation, the treatment monitoring and the follow-up by the healthcare professionals.
Since each person is different, Groupe Médicus provides a wide range of CPAP devices, from the most renowned manufacturers worldwide, as well as a broad variety of CPAP masks (nasal, nasal pillow and facial). Our respiratory therapists will put both their knowledge and experience at your disposition, providing you with a comfortable and efficient treatment for your sleep apnea.
If you think you may have any form of sleep apnea, the first step is to see your doctor. If your doctor prescribes a Polysomnography or a CPAP device, make an appointment with one of our respiratory therapists who will provide you with assistance and advice in all phases of your treatment.