Sleep apnea treatment is of the utmost importance: experiencing a comfortable and restorative sleep will relieve you of those symptoms that are detrimental to your general good health. With Médicus’ respiratory therapy services, you will benefit from the best treatment possible.
Our team of professionals implements a detailed treatment plan with proven effectiveness. The key to its success: our monitoring approach. At Médicus, the comfort and well-being of our patients is our priority. That’s why we make sure, with the help of personalized and frequent follow-ups, that your treatment plan meets the efficiency goals and that you are totally satisfied with it.
All of our respiratory therapists have received Accreditation Canada’s Basic Certification to provide professional, high quality service.
Sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (SAHS) is characterized by a complete stoppage (apnea) or a reduction (hypopnea) of the respiratory flow for at least 10 seconds. This disorder is considered very disabling and can lead to many health problems.
Sleep apnea is almost as common as asthma. 26% of Canadians aged 18 and older are at a high risk of suffering from sleep apnea. Moreover, it is estimated that there are about 85% of people who suffer from it and who are still undiagnosed.
The respiratory therapy service is only offered at the Longueuil, St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, and Sherbrooke branches. The variety of services offered may also vary between these branches. We recommend that you contact the branch to make sure the service is available.
Once sleep apnea is diagnosed, our respiratory therapists will discuss with you the different ways to reduce or even eliminate your symptoms. Some changes in health practices can be beneficial, as is a modification of the posture during sleep. However, the treatment of choice remains the use of CPAP device.
The CPAP device is a small compressor. Modern devices are very quiet, and include a mask adjusted to the contours of your face and connected to the device by a tube. When worn, the released pressure maintains the upper airways open during all phases of the sleep cycle. This helps to control snoring and apnea. There is also an increase in the oxygen level in the blood, which is necessary for the cognitive restoration process. The result: a restful sleep.
We are pleased to inform you that Médicus now holds the Agrément Canada Accreditation.
This recognition is a pride for all our employees and respiratory therapists. It demonstrates the desire of our employees and leaders to continuously improve the quality of the goods and services we offer and to take the necessary steps to maintain this level of quality.
Absolutely! A CPAP device can also be transported anywhere in the world, as additional hand luggage at no cost, because it is considered medical equipment. Make sure you have the kit delivered by your respiratory therapist in your device’s bag. It contains the necessary information for customs officers in the event they request it.
If you are traveling to a country with a different electrical voltage than Canada, be aware that your CPAP is equipped with a current transformer. You do not have to connect a transformer when you plug in your device.
What’s more, if you are a camping or outdoor enthusiast, there are several possibilities available to you to get a night’s restful sleep in the great outdoors. Ask your respiratory therapist for more information.
You should not snore while using the CPAP. The noises often come from the mouth that opens and not snoring. Otherwise:
If possible, changing the mask model can be a solution. Otherwise, the only solution is to trim your facial hair or remove it completely.
The important thing is to use the device every night, even if it is for a short period. Your body will gradually get used to it. Give yourself some time!
Yes. In the event of surgery, it is important to inform the surgeon and the anesthesiologist that you are using a CPAP device. Hospitals do not always have an available device or a mask like yours. When you leave the hospital, make sure you have all the parts of your device and your mask.
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