Therapy Options for the Sleep Disordered Patient
If you have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, your physician has probably discussed your treatment options, which can range from air pressure device therapy, medications, surgery, lifestyle changes, healthy sleep hygiene recommendations, dental appliances, weight management, exercise or a combination of these therapies.
As the majority of patients having a sleep study are diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the majority of OSA patients are usually directed by their physician to consider air pressure therapy.¬†¬†With air pressure therapy, it requires that you wear a device to bed each night that gently blows air through¬†your nasal passage to keep your airway open while you sleep.¬† This¬†increases your ability to get a good night's sleep as effectively, if not more effectively, than any other option available to you.
So, if you have¬†been diagnosed with OSA and your physician has prescribed air pressure therapy, either Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or¬†BiLevel Pressure¬†may¬†have¬†been ordered for you.¬† The following provides you an overview of what will occur, when that happens.¬†
¬†¬†¬† Prescription for Therapy Ordered - The ordering physician will write you a prescription for Durable Medical Equipment (DME), either CPAP or Bi-Level and with the pressure you need.¬† The ordering physician may also feel that a humidifier is necessary and will include that in¬†the order.
¬†¬†¬† DME Options Provided - The ordering physician will give you an opportunity to select the DME provider that you prefer.¬†
¬†¬†¬† DME Scheduled - If you choose SleepMed Therapy and we offer this service in your state, your physician's prescription will be sent to us and we will contact you to schedule an appointment to begin your therapy.¬†
¬†¬†¬† Therapy Orientation & Set-Up - During your therapy session, your questions about the therapy will be answered and you¬†will be¬†oriented on the equipment and how to use it.¬† You will leave with your system¬†and be¬†provided with detailed¬†instructions on its use, plus numbers to call at SleepMed Therapy for questions.
¬†¬†¬† Therapy Compliance - SleepMed¬†Therapy will provide routine follow-ups with you to make sure that the equipment selected for you is working properly and that you are adjusting to your therapy with no problems.¬† If you are finding it difficult to comply with the therapy, we will work with you and your physician to make sure that you have a¬†therapeutic option that comfortably and effectively manages your sleep disorder.¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬† Therapy Support - Additionally, we are available during normal business hours for general assistance and¬†24/7 for any after-hours¬†support that should arise with your¬†pressure device.¬† You may choose to:
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