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.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) treatment options

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

Treatment options for CSA

Adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV)* is an appropriate choice for treating most of these more complex patients.


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    Young T, Peppard PE, Gottlieb DJ. Epidemiology of obstructive sleep apnea: a population health perspective. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2002;165(9):1217-39.

*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