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What is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is a disorder affecting approximately 20 per cent of adults. An apnoea occurs when your lungs do not receive airflow for ten seconds or more. There are a few different forms of Sleep Apnoea but the most common is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and it is caused by an obstruction in your airway.

What does a sleep study test?

A sleep study monitors breathing, body movement and responses throughout the night. Once the data is collected and analysed, your healthcare professional will be able to tell you whether you have a sleep disorder.

Where will my sleep study take place?

At the Mid North Coast Sleep Clinic, we offer Home Sleep Studies which are conducted in the comfort of your own home.

Is the sleep study covered by Medicare?

Yes, Medicare will cover the bulk of the cost for the test, but there is a consultation fee to be paid. Cost details will be advised when making your appointment.

How will the test be conducted?

Your appointment for your Home Sleep Study will be conducted at either our Taree or Forster clinic, where one of our sleep technologists will show you how to attach the various senors and monitors, and how the sleep testing device works.

You simply follow your normal nightly routine, attach the sensors as instructed, and the recording will automatically commence just before you settle down to sleep. When you wake the next morning, remove the sensors and return the recording device to the sleep clinic.

How will I collect my results?

Once the data collected from your Sleep Study has been analysed, a report will be prepared and sent to your referring doctor. You will need to make an appointment with your referring doctor, approximately 7-10 days after your test, to discuss your results.

Why do I need to be treated?

If you stop breathing during the night, your brain will trigger a wake response that will rouse you just enough for you to gasp and recommence breathing. You then return to sleep and begin the cycle over. If this cycle is constantly repeated throughout the night it puts tremendous strain on your system, particularly your heart. Fortunately, positive airway pressure treatment is your first step towards better sleep and, as a consequence, better health.

How does positive airway pressure help?

Positive airway pressure or PAP works by pushing pressurised air through your upper airway. Most apnoeas result from throat tissue collapsing during sleep and obstructing the airway, however PAP provides regulated airflow that keeps your airway open thus preventing apnoeas. This airflow is delivered via a mask that is attached to a small device, which is set at a pressure prescribed by your healthcare professional, and determined by the results of your sleep study.

How can I get therapy equipment?

If positive airway pressure (PAP) treatment is appropriate for you, your healthcare professional will give you a referral for a trial of PAP therapy at home. Mid North Coast Sleep Clinic hires Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP) devices for in-home trials, as well as a wide range of masks being available to trial. Hire charges will be advised when making an appointment to commence treatment.

What happens once I’ve trialled the equipment?

Once you have completed your trial period and decided to purchase your own equipment, Mid North Coast Sleep Clinic can supply new APAP & CPAP devices and masks for sale. We are stockists for Resmed, Fisher & Paykel and Philips Respironics equipment. Contact us for pricing of new equipment.

Most private health insurance companies offer a rebate on CPAP equipment purchases. We recommend you contact your health insurance provider to see if you are eligible for any rebate on your purchase.

Our Locations

Intalink Therapy Solutions 5 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW 2430

Macintosh Medical 97-99 MacIntosh St, Forster NSW 2428

Gloucester Medical center 77-81 Denison Street, Gloucester, NSW 2422

Get In Touch

Phone: 02 6551 0771
Mobile: 0455 583 399 
Fax: 02 6551 0700