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Treatment options for Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)

There are several types of Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) and treatment for each can often differ depending on the cause of your CSA. Read below to help you to understand which treatment is best for you.

 

Adaptive Servo Ventilation Therapy

Adaptive Servo Ventilation, using ResMed’s PaceWave therapy, is an effective treatment for many forms of Central Sleep Apnea (CSA).1 Pressurised air is sent from a therapy device through air tubing and a mask to the upper airway.

  • Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV) therapy monitors your breathing and automatically adjusts how much support is given in order to stabilise your breathing.
  • ASV Auto therapy is very similar to ASV, with the addition of an expiratory pressure which protects your upper airway from collapse during treatment.

Find out more about the ResMed ASV therapy devices.

 

Other therapy

If you have high-altitude Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), descending to a lower altitude should make your CSA symptoms disappear.2

In a similar fashion, drug-induced Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) by painkillers can also disappear when you change or eliminate your medication.

 

Risks of untreated CSA

Untreated Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) can lead to a host of complications and serious health risks. Finding the right treatment for you can diminish associated risks.

References

  1. Allam, J.S., et al., Efficacy of adaptive servoventilation in treatment of complex and central sleep apnea syndromes. Chest, 2007. 132(6): p. 1839-46.
  2. Medscape: “Central Sleep Apnea Treatment & Management”.  

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