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INITIAL CPAP CONSULTATIONS ( New Patient )

If you are already on CPAP therapy and haven’t had review in a few years, We will download data from the machine you are using ( If available ) and assess the efficacy of your treatment which will determine how well it is working for you. We will also show you on the reports downloaded what is actually happening so you better understand your own results.

We will offer advise on how to improve your CPAP therapy or guide you back through the process of a further investigation if your CPAP pressure is no longer sufficient or you have developed further symptoms to indicate that CPAP is no longer effective. We will also review and discuss the physiology of sleep apnoea and what is happening to you when you are asleep and how CPAP/APAP therapy should be working control your diagnosed sleep disorder.

Beenleigh Sleep Clinic arranges all the appropriate paperwork with your GP to ensure all of your health care providers are informed about your therapy and any changes to settings if required.

Please allow at least 45mins for your initial appointment.

Initial Consultation(New Patients) $69.00
Initial Concession $49.00
If a purchase is made at time of consultation – the fee is credited to the purchase

CPAP SET UP CONSULTATIONS

CPAP/APAP setup up appointments will cover the physiology of sleep apnoea and what is happening to you when you are asleep and we will discuss how CPAP/APAP therapy will work to control your sleep disorder. A comprehensive mask fitting is required to select the appropriate mask ( if you don’t already have a mask prescription from a hospital ) and the selection of the appropriate machine followed by education on how to use your machine and humidifier.

Please allow at least 1 hour for your setup, There is a lot to cover in your first appointment.

Our Equipment (purchased or rented here) $0.00

Own equipment (Purchased elsewhere) $69.00

GENERAL CONSULTATIONS

General appointments will require our clinic to download data from the machine you are using which will tell us how your treatment is working, we will resolve mask issues and mask leaks if any, tolerance to pressure, efficacy of CPAP/APAP, sleep hygiene and behaviour that may affect sleep quality, humidification, and general use issues. We may make some changes to the settings of your machine if we discover any tolerance issues with the approval of your referring doctor.

Please allow at least 30mins for your follow up appointment.

General Consultations $69.00
General Concession $49.00
If a purchase is made at time of consultation – the fee is credited to the purchase

Follow-up Consultations are free to Beenleigh Sleep Clinic Customers

It is recommended to have at least 4 – 6 follow up consultations in the first few months of using CPAP/APAP, but you may choose more or less as you start to take control of your own therapy.

All CPAP/APAP machines sold through Beenleigh Sleep Clinic will get free downloads for the life of their machine and 5 years of unlimited consultations. You will also become a platinum patient and are rewarded with lifetime discounts and member offers.

Mask Fittings Only $25.00
If a purchase is made at time of mask fitting – the fee is credited to the purchase

What Is A Sleep Apnoea?

Most of us have experienced trouble sleeping at one time or another. This is normal and usually temporary due to stress or other outside factors. However, if sleep problems become regular and interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from sleep apnoea.

Sleep apnoea occurs when there is an interruption to breathing when we are asleep, and the brain is required to “wake” the body up so you can resume normal breathing. There are three forms of sleep apnoea: obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), Central Sleep Apnea and complex or mixed sleep apnea (i.e, a combination of central and obstructive) Apnoea’s can occur hundreds of time each night with serious consequences to your body.

Symptoms of sleep apnoea include:

  • • Snoring
  • • Daytime sleepiness
  • • Slow reflexes
  • • Memory problems
  • • Poor concentration
  • • Depression / moodiness
  • • Irritability
  • • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • • Sore throat / dry mouth
  • • Morning headaches
  • • Frequent Urination throughout the night
  • • Loss of libido/ Impotence
  • • Gastric reflux
  • • Depression
  • • Feeling unrefreshed in the morning
  • • Daytime sleepiness
  • • Falling asleep in inappropriate places – Nodding off

Sleep apnoea can also lead to serious health problems over time including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain. But with treatment you can control the symptoms, get your sleep back on track, and start enjoy being refreshed and alert every day. So if you’re experiencing sleeping problems, it is important to have the cause of your sleeping problems diagnosed.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea ( OSA ) is the most common condition that causes the upper airway to collapse during sleep resulting in temporary blockages in breathing. There are 2 types of obstructions in the airway for sufferers of OSA:

OBSTRUCTIVE APNOEA (OA)= cessation of airflow for 10 seconds or greater.
HYPOPNEA (H) =>50% decrease in airflow for 10 seconds or greater with a decrease in oxygen saturation of >3%
Both events mostly occur in REM sleep, but have also been recorded in slow wave sleep, which are less common.

As we relax into sleep, our muscles relax too. For OSA sufferers, the upper airway relaxes to the point of blocking the airway causing an interruption to breathing ( an obstruction ).

When you have an obstruction of any type, the oxygen levels in your blood stream decrease. When your brain realises that it isn’t getting enough oxygen, it sends a message to your body to wake you up. This is often associated with a loud snort or gasp for breath. Your heart rate is increased as you wake up, sometimes to double that of its resting rate as the airway opens to let in oxygen.

These breathing pauses typically last between 10 to 20 seconds ( however some can last over 60 seconds!) and can occur up to hundreds of times every night jolting you out of your natural sleep rhythm. As a consequence, you spend more time in light sleep and less time in the deep, restorative sleep you need to be energetic, mentally sharp, and productive the next day.

While most people with sleep apnoea don’t remember these awakenings, they might feel exhausted during the day, irritable and depressed, or see a decrease in productivity.

Sleep apnoea is a serious, and potentially life-threatening sleep disorder. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have sleep apnoea, call us today to arrange a sleep study.

Symptoms of sleep apnoea include:

  • Loud, chronic snoring
  • Frequent pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Gasping, snorting, or choking during sleep
  • Feeling exhausted after waking
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Waking up with shortness of breath, chest pains, nasal congestion, or a dry throat
  • Moodiness
  • Impotence
Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA)

Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA) is the least common condition where breathing is disrupted regularly during sleep, because of the way the brain functions. It is not that you cannot breathe (which is true in obstructive sleep apnoea); rather, you do not try to breathe at all. The brain does not tell your muscles to breathe.

Central sleep apnoea is often associated with other conditions. One form of central sleep apnoea however, has no known cause, and is not associated with any other disease. In addition, central sleep apnoea can occur with obstructive sleep apnoea, or it can occur alone.

Conditions that may be associated with central sleep apnoea include the following:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Hypothyroid Disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Damage to the brainstem caused by encephalitis, stroke, injury, or other factors

Sleep apnoea is a serious, and potentially life-threatening, sleep disorder. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have sleep apnoea, see a doctor right away

Complex or Mixed Sleep Apnoea

Complex or mixed sleep apnoea – is a combination of the two types of sleep apnoeas. See Obstructive sleep Apnoea or Central Sleep Apnoea

Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA)

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

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