Monday, February 22, 2016
I've been learning quite a bit about Obstructive Sleep Apnea lately...
I had the staff take a cone beam scan on me & I ran the airway analysis on my scan utilizing the Anatomage Treatment Studio Software. It turns out that I have a genetically narrow airway and this is causing me to have OSA which cannot be treated by an oral appliance.
What this means is that for someone who helps many patients get off their CPAP machines and get the many benefits of an oral appliance, I, unfortunately, am not one of them. With a genetically narrow airway, my only choice is a Constant Pulmonary Air Pressure (CPAP) device.
As someone who has studied OSA and what it means to long term health, I was happy to see the amount of data I can receive from my CPAP machine. It seems that Philips (the same folks that make the SoniCare toothbrush) also make the Respironix CPAP device.
The Respironix device is equipped with a connection to a wireless phone network and uploads lots of data to a secure server that the patient can access via computer, tablet, or phone. The data includes Apnea Hypopnea Index, mask fit (in percentage), total disconnects (the number of times you disconnect for instance to use the restroom), hours of usage, and many other statistics.
I've found the data fascinating, especially since I understand it better than the average user. I've found the Philips Respironix to be a winner. If you are someone who cannot be helped by an oral appliance, I highly recommend this particular CPAP device.
Posted by John Flucke at 06:00