Providing education and instruction regarding sleep disordered breathing conditions and their treatment methods is an important part of Sleep Data’s mission. Here in our Learning Center you will find instructional videos describing how to use equipment, key terms, and more information about therapies and their benefits.


Instructional Videos By Equipment Type

Home Sleep Test devices

Full Face Masks

CPAP Machines

Nasal Masks


Key Terms

  • Apnea – a cessation of airflow for more than 10 seconds
     
  • Hypopnea – a decrease in airflow lasting more than 10 seconds with a 30% oxygen reduction and at least a 4% oxygen desaturation from the baseline
     
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – breathing is interrupted by partial or complete obstruction of the upper airway, despite respiratory effort
     
  • Central sleep apnea (CSA) – the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe
     
  • Flow limitation – a narrowing of the upper airway and an indication of an impending upper airway closure
     
  • Nocturnal hypoventilation – disruption in breathing due to the brain’s respiratory control centre not sending out enough nerve impulses to the breathing muscles
     
  • Cheyne-Stokes respiration (CSR) – an abnormal type of breathing characterized by alternating periods of shallow and deep breathing

Treatment Methods


Why is it important to treat sleep apnea?

Missing out on a good night’s sleep is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how sleep apnea can affect your life; untreated, it can have major health implications. Sleep apnea has been linked to cardiovascular issues, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and stroke. According to Sleep, it is associated with a threefold increase in mortality risk.


What are the benefits of treatment?

Faithful compliance with treatment will result in a number of health-related benefits, including:

  • Reducing the risk of stroke and coronary heart disease by 56% and 37%, respectively, according to Circulation
  • Improving daytime blood pressure, heart rate and left ventricular function, according to the New England Journal of Medicine
  • Reducing blood glucose levels, according to the Archives of Internal Medicine
  • Improving the prognosis of heart failure patients with OSA, according to Chest
  • Reducing the need for acute hospital admission due to cardiovascular disease, according to the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

 In addition, you will be sleeping better every night, so you’ll have more energy every day.


CPAP vs OAT

Clinical evidence suggests that CPAP and oral appliance therapy (OAT) are equally effective in patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. While CPAP remains the gold standard of care for OSA, it is important to include OAT as an additional treatment modality to ensure efficacy and compliance are paramount.

Due to the profound impact sleep apnea therapy can have on patients, Sleep Data and Todd Morgan Dental Corporation are working with primary care physicians and the sleep community to increase awareness of the need to screen for sleep apnea and to provide simple and effective treatment options to best suit each patient’s needs.