ASV Therapy – Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV) is an evolution from conventional positive airway pressure therapy and was specifically designed to treat central and complex sleep apnea, periodic breathing and Cheyne-Stokes respiration. It comes with tubing and a mask. During therapy, the ASV device monitors your breathing constantly throughout the night. It uses a set of specially designed calculations, known as algorithms, to ensure your breathing is stable. These algorithms take into consideration your breathing rate and the amount of air you inhale and exhale with each breath. When the ASV device detects any changes in either of these factors, it provides support to maintain your breathing at the normal level and avoid hyperventilation. This support continues through any period of hypopnea or apnea. Once your breathing returns to normal, the ASV device reduces its support, thereby avoiding any side effects associated with over-ventilation (i.e., worsening or new CSA/CSR, bad hemodynamic tolerance).The support provided by adaptive servo-ventilation therapy stabilizes your breathing pattern throughout the night and helps to control the levels of O2 and CO2 in your blood, reducing the amount of strain placed on your heart.
Using the latest machines, our PAP units are:
- Lighter than even the ones just a couple of years ago
- Whisper quiet
- More comfortable and less intrusive
- More efficient and easy to use
We’ve found that our patients are most likely to be successful with CPAP therapy when they have lots of proper guidance and encouragement! There’s a brief learning curve that can be shortened further through access to one-on-one professional support. Because various published studies have indicated that the first month of PAP usage is crucial to compliance, Comprehensive Sleep Care Center has developed a unique Sleep Apnea Management Program.
Our onsite CPAP & DME program offers:
- One on one patient counseling and support
- Monitoring for PAP usage problems and/or compliance issues via the EncoreAnytime program
- Frequent contact that helps ensure patients are successful as they adjust to therapy
- PAP-NAPs (technically known as “CPAP detestation”), or short naps under the guidance of our experienced sleep technicians, are available for any patients experiencing ongoing problems
- To ensure your CPAP is operating at its best, we offer CPAP supplies and an auto-ship program which provides supplies every 3 months or as determined by your insurance plan
- Insurance verification and pre-certification of CPAP
- Alternative treatments such as an oral appliance, are also available
Our knowledgeable and experienced PAP specialists work with you throughout the entire process. If you ever have a question, or an issue with your PAP, you don’t need to make an appointment with our doctor, just call our PAP team and we’ll try to fit you in the same day, or schedule an appointment at your convenience. Your follow up visits with questions or issues related to your PAP equipment are free of charge. In addition, if you have a question for your sleep doctor, questions can be answered quickly and addressed. The result is better care for each of our patients.
Additionally, should an issue arise with your PAP, and it may need to be repaired or replaced, we will work with your insurance company to obtain authorization, and make it as easy as possible for you to get the help you need.
Consistent, daily PAP usage for sleep apnea patients is the key to maintaining good health and preventing the onset of more serious consequences such as:
- Systemic hypertension
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Neurocognitive dysfunction
- Myocardial infraction
- Increased mortality