How is it treated?

    When diagnosing sleep apnoea, your doctor will consider the results of your sleep examination to determine the most appropriate treatment. The severity and occurrence of the symptoms are important in determining the correct therapy.

    For example, if sleep apnoea occurs when you’re lying on your back then the doctor may prescribe a treatment that helps to prevent you from lying on your back. The long-term conditions resulting from untreated sleep apnoea can be fatal. Therefore, it is very important for you to use the treatment that has been prescribed.

    You have been prescribed CPAP therapy, and as such, this guide will be focussed on this treatment.

    Sleep therapy uses a ventilator device and mask to provide pressure support whilst you’re breathing, by blowing air through the mask and into your airways. This helps prevent the collapse of the upper airways.

    The equipment also stores data such as the number of apnoeas and usage hours. This data can be read on the device itself or in a report saved onto an SD card. The doctor can see from this report whether the therapy is effective and whether the set pressure is suitable to reduce the number of apnoeas.

    In addition to the prescribed therapy, you can also reduce your symptoms by making adjustments to your lifestyle.

    • Limit your alcohol consumption
    • Strive for a healthy weight
    • Stop smoking
    • Drink coffee, black tea and cola in moderation and certainly not in the evening
    • Maintain fixed sleep times
    • Set up your bedroom for rest
    • Keep the bedroom, mattress and bedding free of dust to prevent allergic reactions

    CPAP therapy

    CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy means that the device will provide a consistent level of pressure. Often this is sufficient to prevent the majority of apnoeas. Many CPAP devices come with a RAMP function to help you fall asleep more comfortably. A RAMP function will gradually increase the pressure as you fall asleep.

    BiPAP therapy

    A BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure), or Bilevel device, helps the transition from inhalation to exhalation by lowering pressure during exhalation to make it more comfortable for you. This type of therapy is ideal for patients that struggle to adapt to CPAP and APAP therapy.

    APAP therapy

    Another form of PAP therapy is APAP (Automatic Positive Airway Pressure). Unlike CPAP, an APAP device varies the pressure depending on the constriction in the airways. An APAP device will automatically deliver pressure between a minimum and maximum setting. This means that the device changes the delivered pressure during sleep.

    Other therapy areas we support

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    Home Oxygen Therapy

    Dolby Vivisol aims to optimise the quality of life for patients requiring home oxygen, by providing a quality service underpinned by knowledge, safety and experience.

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    Sleep Apnoea Therapy

    Clinical data indicates that Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS) is one of the most frequent causes of sleep disordered breathing. OSAS is a clinical condition characterised by numerous episodes of apnoea and hypopnea during each hour of sleep.

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    Home Ventilation Therapy

    Dolby Vivisol is one of the European leaders in providing Home NIV services. We always combine the best technology and a quality service with the competence of our highly specialised Healthcare Professionals.

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    Aerosol / Nebuliser Therapy

    Aerosol therapy facilitates the administration of nebulised medicines directly into the lungs. It may be used to treat chronic asthma, acute asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or other conditions.

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    Vivitravel offers patients private oxygen therapy which includes; access to a wide range of equipment, 24-7 patient support contact centre, with dedicated holiday enquiry line and travel within the South East of England and Scotland.

    Contact information

    Registered Office Address:

    Dolby Medical Home
    Respiratory Care Ltd
    North Suite, Lomond Court,
    Castle Business Park, Stirling,
    FK9 4TU

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    Registered in Scotland
    No. 063902

    Gatwick Office Address:

    Dolby Vivisol
    Southpoint, Old Brighton Road,
    Lowfield Heath,
    Gatwick, West Sussex,
    RH11 0PR

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