The 3 Step Apnée Santé Process
Get on the path to more restorative sleep, to better health, and to waking up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day!
With a referral from your doctor, you can contact us to make an appointment or drop in to any of our clinics to begin an assessment.
We’ll conduct a sleep test in the comfort of your own home or in our sophisticated sleep lab and the results will be reviewed by a doctor specializing in respirology.
You’ll have a consultation with a respirologist (sleep doctor) at our clinic to discuss your results and outline a treatment plan if need be. We are the only clinic in the Montreal area to offer ALL our patients a meeting with a sleep specialist.
Apnée Santé offers home sleep tests allowing for faster diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). We will give you an appointment within 48 hours at the clinic nearest you. We also offer polysomnography studies in our state-of-the art sleep laboratory, which allows us to detect other sleep disorders.
Home Sleep Test
A home sleep test can determine if you suffer from sleep apnea. This very simple diagnostic test allows you to sleep in the comfort of your own home.
During this sleep study, you’re hooked up to equipment that monitors your heart, lung and brain activity, breathing patterns, arm and leg movements, and blood oxygen levels while you sleep.
This sleep study can also help rule out other sleep disorders, such as periodic limb movements of sleep or narcolepsy, which also can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, but require different treatment.
How we differ from other sleep clinics?
You may be wondering who will be giving you your sleep results. At Apnée Santé, we handle the technical aspects of testing and treatment, but we leave the results to the respirologists who are trained in sleep medicine. You have the opportunity to discuss results with a doctor in our clinic to determine if a treatment is required and what form it might take.
What's the Apnée Santé difference?
Apnée Santé is the only private sleep clinic in the Greater Montreal Area to offer to ALL its patients the opportunity to meet with a respirologist (sleep doctor) to discuss their test results in our clinic. When you make an appointment for your sleep test, we will automatically schedule you to meet with the doctor who interpreted your test.
What kind of doctor specializes in sleep apnea?
In Quebec and Canada, a respirologist (lung doctor) treats breathing problems associated with sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea.
Like a lot of things in life, knowing what to expect can make you feel settled. We’ve outlined a step by step guide to put you at ease while you embark on CPAP therapy. Our treatment journey is straightforward; we have broken it down simply so you are totally clear on what to expect.
What is the Apnée Santé Treatment Journey?
Step 1: After meeting with the respirologist (sleep doctor), we will give you a 90-minute appointment with a respiratory therapist (RT) to begin treatment.
Step 2: During the CPAP setup, your RT will present a selection of CPAP machines and encourage you to manipulate and listen to them. In addition, you will test a series of masks in our sleep lab until you are comfortable. When we say we take time with you, we mean it. If you are not satisfied with your mask or your CPAP device, we will try other material until we get it right. Our goal is to help you to sleep better and to improve the quality of your life.
Step 3: Apnée Santé will provide ongoing support with scheduled appointments and an open-door policy should you require assistance immediately. If you are experiencing trouble, we encourage you to drop in to your local clinic, and our medical secretary will ensure that you are seen by an RT. If the RT cannot solve the issue or a change of prescription is required, he or she will consult with the respirologist for guidance.
How is OSA Treated?
CPAP is the most effective treatment for OSA. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Thousands of Canadians use it every time they sleep. CPAP consists of a gentle stream of air that is directed through the airway during sleep allowing the airway to remain open and therefore, prevent apnea. This results in a more restful sleep.
Depending on the severity of your OSA, the respirologist may recommend alternative treatments, such as:
- Lifestyle changes: weight loss, avoiding alcohol and sedatives
- Dental appliances
- Positional therapy
What is Apnée Santé's approach to CPAP therapy?
Patient-centered care guides our practices at Apnée Santé. From the get-go, your respiratory therapist (RT) will take time to inform and educate you regarding CPAP therapy so that you may be involved in the decision-making. We have found that patients have their own unique preferences and that the best outcomes occur when patients get involved in their treatment.
What is a trial period?
We will rent you a CPAP for a trial period. We understand that this can be a difficult time for you as you are adjusting to sleeping with CPAP. This is a time to resolve possible technical issues, such as, air pressure and mask, as well as emotional issues, such as acceptance. You may have to cope with the reactions of your partner or the perceived reactions. You are encouraged to contact your local Apnée Santé clinic as soon as possible to speak with your clinician or to schedule an appointment with him or her.
Do we accept patients from other clinics?
Yes, many of our patients hail from other clinics. Our medical professionals are here to help you on your journey to restful sleep. Please call us to learn about machine verifications, downloads, treatment options, mask fittings or replacement parts.
Who is trained in administering CPAP?
In Quebec, respiratory therapists (RTs) and nurses are qualified to administer CPAP therapy. At Apnée Santé, we go a step further by training our team of RTs and nurses in sleep technology, so they are better able to educate and guide the patient to a better night’s sleep.
What are the benefits of CPAP therapy?
One obvious benefit for those who keep their partner or family awake at night is the elimination of snoring. Snoring is simply the sound produced by the vibration of the tissues in the throat. CPAP acts like a stent, keeping the airway open and eliminating the vibration.
Another clear benefit is waking up refreshed and better able to concentrate during the day. CPAP can improve your overall quality of life and relationship with your loved ones and your co-workers.
Other health benefits can include:
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes
- Less stress on your heart and cardiovascular system
- Reduce likelihood of stroke
- Reduction or elimination of depression and anxiety
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a breathing disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep that affects men and women of all ages.
From fatigue and poor job performance to heart attacks and strokes, sleep apnea has too many associated risks to ignore.
Who is at risk?
• Habitual snoring
• High blood pressure
• Family history of OSA or snoring
• Small upper airway
Symptoms of potential sleep disorders:
• Constant drowsiness
• Loud or irregular snoring
• Difficulty breathing during sleep
• Morning headache, sore throat or mouth dryness
• Loss of energy, excessive fatigue
• Frequent waking
Possible consequences of untreated OSA:
• Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)
• High blood pressure
• Heart disease
• Car accidents
• Work-related accidents
• Poor quality of life
• Decreased intellectual functioning
• Type 2 diabetes
• Sexual dysfunction