The Practice

Welcome to Respicare DME, Inc.

Respicare DME, Inc. is a veteran owned company dedicated to providing homecare patients with the highest quality healthcare equipment and services. We specialize in rental, sale, and supplies for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS).



Experience and Professionalism

 Respicare DME, Inc. prides itself on its highly motivated and carefully trained homecare professionals. Collectively we bring over 50 years of Respiratory Therapy and Sleep Services to our patients. Our staff understands your every need and we respond to them in a professional and friendly manner. Our staff includes; Customer service representatives, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Registered Sleep Technologist, Business Development and Billing/Insurance services. We employ the true TEAM environment for all of our patients. 

Physicians Who Care

 Respicare DME, Inc., we accept patients whose healthcare can be properly met by the services we offer and by the area we serve. The service areas include the Research Triangle and the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. A partial listing of the services that we provide includes:  

  • Respiratory Equipment and Supplies
  • Respiratory Services
  • PAP Therapy Equipment Set-up and one-on-one patient instruction
  • Home sleep testing

We are pleased that you have chosen Respicare DME, Inc. You can be assured that through caring, concern, and dedication we strive to achieve the highest quality of life for the patients that we serve. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

 Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that occurs when you regularly stop breathing during sleep.  Apneas occur when the airway temporaily collapses.  This happens when the muscles inside the throat relax as you sleep.  The tongue can aslo fall back and block the airway 

Can OSA impact my health?

There are diseases that can coexist with OSA.  According to the National Institute of Health, if OSA goes untreated you are at risk for these diseases.  It is not entirely clear which comes first, however, we do know that treating OSA can help reduce symptoms of many comormidities.  OSA has been directly linked to the following comorbidities.

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Stroke
  • Obesity

What are the common signs and symptoms of OSA?

  • Frequent loud snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Waking and choking or gasping for air
  • Tosisng and turning during sleep
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Falling asleep while driving, at work, or on the phone
  • Learning and memory difficulties
  • Depression and irritability
  • Sexual dysfunction

OSA factors that cannot be changed:

  • Two or three times more common in men
  • Family history of OSA
  • Menopause
  • Conditions that may cause head or faceabnormalities

OSA risk factors that can be changed:

  • Poor sleeping habits
  • Obesity
  • Neck circumference of 17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women
  • Alcohol, smoking or medication
  • Enlarged tissue in the nose, mouth, or throat

What are my treatment options?

The most common recommended treatment used for OSA is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). CPAP therapy is a non-invasive treatment that prevents the airway from collapsing during sleep. The CPAP unitsends air through tubing to a mask to open the airway. This positive air pressure helps hold open the airway, eliminating the apneas from occurring and allowing your body to get the oxygen that it needs.

The amount of air pressure needed is determined by the severity of your apneas that was observed during your sleep study.  By preventing the apneas from occurring, CPAP restores regular breathing and relives the symptoms such as loud snoring and frequent daytime sleepiness.  CPAP is considered the Gold standard and is considered the most reliable and effective therapy for patients with moderate to severe OSA.

Another alternative is an Oral Appliance.  This product may help those patients that cannot tolerate CPAP or have mild OSA, but still need treatment.