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Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB)
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Sleep disordered breathing (SDB)

Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB) is characterised by abnormal respiratory patterns, or pauses in breathing, and insufficient ventilation during sleep.

Some of the most common types of sleep-disordered breathing include upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), and obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnea syndrome* (OSAHS), also known as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

If your patient has sleep-disordered breathing, they are most likely suffering from disruptive sleep, daytime fatigue and a reduced quality of life. But they are not alone: as many as one in five adults has sleep-disordered breathing1.

Types of sleep-disordered breathing

ResMed explains the differences between three types of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB): Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA) and mixed or complex sleep apnoea.

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Common symptoms of SDB

The first sign of a sleep disorder is snoring, even though many patients won’t identify that as a sign of something more serious. There are other common symptoms too.

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SDB and chronic diseases

When left untreated, patients with SDB like OSA and CSA have an increased risk of developing serious chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. A significant number of patients with COPD also have SDB.

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Treatment options for OSA

ResMed helps you to guide your patient to the best and appropriate OSA treatment options available. These include CPAP, PAP, APAP, bilevel therapy and oral appliance therapy.

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Patient adherence and replenishment

Adherence to therapy can be the biggest challenge for patients with sleep apnoea. Comfortable equipment, proper replacement, follow-up and education are critical to helping patients adapt to and stay on therapy.

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Screening and diagnosis

ResMed gives you the tools to screen your patients for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), request a sleep study, and get them diagnosed.

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Monitoring treatment

Featuring wireless connectivity, ResMed’s sleep and respiratory care devices transmit patient therapy data to AirView, for remote monitoring and customised settings.

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About CSA

Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA) is a type of sleep-disordered breathing.

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*An apnoea refers to a pause in respiration for more than 10 seconds. A hypopnoea is defined as a decrease in airflow of at least 30% for 10 seconds or more, with an associated oxygen desaturation or arousal