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Millions of people suffer from sleep apnea without ever knowing. When left untreated, sleep apnea can have many negative affects on a person's overall health and wellness. ApneaStrip™ was designed to address the growing need to easily and affordably allow someone to check their sleep apnea risk in the comfort of their own home.
ApneaStrip™ is a brand of SLP Ltd., a manufacturer of sleep diagnostic devices for over 20 years. ApneaStrip™ is an FDA-approved disposable sleep apnea screening device that will easily and affordably test your risk for sleep apnea in just one night. ApneaStrip™ is worn by the patient overnight. Upon waking, the patient simply clicks a button to view the sleep apnea risk result. A flashing red light indicates the patient has a high risk for sleep apnea. A flashing green light indicates the patient has a low risk for sleep apnea. If the patient receives a high risk result it is recommended they speak with their medical professional about a sleep study. ApneaStrip™ is self-contained and requires no connection to any other device or a power source.
What Is The ApneaStrip?
The ApneaStrip™ is a small, lightweight and disposable device that measures the patient’s respirations during sleep. The ApneaStrip™ is worn overnight - comfortably fitted under the nose. It is a self-contained, microprocessor-driven system that contains three major elements:
These components are connected by electronic circuitry. There are two "wings" with adhesive to hold the ApneaStrip™ to the upper lip, and a "bridge" containing the thermosensors.
How Does The ApneaStrip™ Work?
The ApneaStrip is, in fact, a “one-channel sleep lab” comprising signal detection, acquisition, analysis and display in one easy-to-use disposable package. The flow signals are derived from three thermistors (respiration airflow temperature sensors) similar to those used in standard sleep-lab sensors. The signal is processed ten times each second by the device’s internal microprocessor (CPU). The CPU tracks the signal continuously, calculating average amplitude of normal respiration cycles, peak-to-peak amplitude for each consecutive breath cycle, and other parameters of the respiration pattern.
An apnea event is counted when respiration amplitude drops to under 12% of the average for more than 10 seconds. A hypopnea event is counted if respiration amplitude drops to less than 50%, but more than 12%, of the average for more than 10 seconds. Respiratory events (apneas and hypopneas) are counted for the duration of the test. These values were selected for maximum correlation with Polysomnographic results.
After a test is complete, the apnea and hypopnea counts are used to calculate the final test results which appear as either a green or red light.
Is the ApneaStrip® Accurate?
The ApneaStrip™ has been extensively tested against standard Polysomnographic tests and demonstrates high correlational validity as well as strong sensitivity and specificity. Accuracy of the ApneaStrip™ against lab results is measured by three factors:
Sensitivity and Specificity change depending on the AHI defined as the threshold of positive indication. The ApneaStrip™ has a value of 15 events per hour as the threshold for the positive indication, which is the currently accepted standard in the USA.
Sensitivity improves for higher threshold values (more severe patients), approaching 1 (100% chance of detection) for severe patients with AHI>50.
The Advantages Of Using ApneaStrip™
ApneaStrip™ is the only disposable in-home sleep apnea screening device that:
ApneaStrip™ Is A Screening Device
ApneaStrip™ is a screening device only. It does not diagnose or treat obstructive sleep apnea. If obstructive sleep apnea is indicated, you should discuss your result with your health care provider who may recommend an in-lab or home sleep test to diagnose and determine the severity of your obstructive sleep apnea.
The operating instructions are simple and easy to follow:
Q. Can anyone use ApneaStrip™?
A. ApneaStrip™ is for use by adults, 18 years and older.
Q. Do I need a prescription for ApneaStrip™?
A. No. While the ApneaStrip™ is available by prescription only, our staff physician provides the prescription at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. All that is needed from you is your name, address and date of birth.
Q. Where do I buy ApneaStrip™?
A. ApneaStrip™ is available to purchase on this website.
Q. Is ApneaStrip covered by Medicare, Medicaid or health insurance?
A. ApneaStrip is an out-of-pocket expense and is not covered by insurance.
Q. Can I use ApneaStrip™ more than once?
A. ApneaStrip™ is a single-use screening device for obstructive sleep apnea. If you receive a conclusive test result (flashing red or green), you cannot use the device again. If you receive an inconclusive test result (alternating red and green), you may reset the device and test a second time.
Q. I used ApneaStrip™ and I don’t see any lights. What does that mean?
A. If you used ApneaStrip™ and do not see any lights lit, it is likely because the device was not activated before you went to bed for the night. Check the instructions and be sure to activate the device, and put it in place within five minutes of activation.
Q. If I use ApneaStrip™ will I have to have a sleep test?
A. ApneaStrip™ is a screening device and cannot provide you with a diagnosis. ApneaStrip™ determines your level of risk for obstructive sleep apnea and your healthcare provider will determine what steps, if any, are needed for further diagnosis.
Q. Does a red flashing light mean I need a CPAP machine or an oral appliance?
A. A red flashing light indicates that your test results show that you have a high risk of obstructive sleep apnea. You should follow-up with your healthcare provider to determine the next steps.
Q. I had a stuffy nose when I used ApneaStrip™. Does that make a difference?
A. For best results, you should be able to breathe easily and clearly when screening with ApneaStrip™. If you believe your results may have been affected by a stuffy nose, you should consider screening again.
Q. Should I tell my doctor if the light is green?
A. Yes! You should report any result from screening with ApneaStrip™ to your doctor to determine what next steps, if any, are needed.
Q. The light is flashing red and green. What does that mean?
A. A red and green flashing result light indicates that the screening was inconclusive and you should reset the ApneaStrip™ and test again on another night. For instructions to reset your ApneaStrip™ and test again click here.
Q. How do I get my result?
A. After sleeping with the ApneaStrip™ in place for at least three hours, double click the activation button to see your result.
Q. Can anyone be at risk for sleep apnea?
A. Yes - anyone can be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea. You can find a list of signs and symptoms below.
Q. Could I have sleep apnea?
A. Obstructive sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder where you stop breathing while you are asleep. These interruptions in breathing can last from a few seconds to minutes, and they may happen 30 times or more in an hour. Breathing often starts again with a loud snort or choking sound. Each time you stop breathing your sleep is interrupted, preventing you from getting prolonged, sound sleep, and resulting in poor quality sleep throughout the night. Sleep apnea causes you to be tired during the day, even when you may think you have had a complete night’s rest. In fact, sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness, and can cause or is associated with many other health problems.
Q. What is the shelf life of the ApneaStrip™?
A. The shelf life of the ApneaStrip™ is five (5) years from date of manufacture.
Q. I have sleep apnea and use a CPAP, but when I tested myself the result was "low-risk". Where is my apnea?
A. There is a “residual effect” from prolonged use of CPAP, meaning that apnea is greatly alleviated for one or two nights after CPAP is not used. Therefore, if you use CPAP and your physician instructs you to use ApneaStrip™, do not use CPAP for at least two nights prior to using ApneaStrip™.
Signs And Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea
If you have any of these issues or characteristics, you should be screened for obstructive sleep apnea.
Most Sleep Apnea Sufferers Are Undiagnosed
Approximately 43 million people in the United States suffer from sleep-disordered breathing, most commonly in the form of obstructive sleep apnea. 1 in 5 adults has mild obstructive sleep apnea and 1 in 15 has moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea
The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that 85% of moderate and severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea go undiagnosed – and that figure may be as high as 93% in women
Serious Long-Term Health Effects Of Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea it is important to be screened, diagnosed and get treatment. Overall, severe obstructive sleep apnea raises your death risk by 46%.
Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with the medical conditions listed below, and in some cases will actually cause or worsen these conditions.
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