Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a serious disorder where breathing repeatedly starts and stops while a person is sleeping. Key risk factors  include obesity, advancing age, and a history of snoring, and the condition is more common in men than women. Symptoms often include loud snoring and feeling overly tired even after  getting a full  night’s rest. Treatment may include  lifestyle changes, including weight loss, and using a breathing assistance device while sleeping at night, like a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine and other devices.

Apnea is a Greek word that literally translates to without breath and there are three types of Apnea, namely central, complex and obstructive. The last is known as OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) and is most common. Obesity is usually the cause, linked to the soft tissues at the back of the throat and mouth. During sleep, when the tongue and throat muscles are relaxed, excess fat constricts  the airway, decreasing lung function. Common symptoms include stopping of breath while sleeping, loud snoring, awakening with mouth dryness, gasping for breath while sleeping, morning headaches, insomnia and persistent fatigue despite full night’s rest.

The main types of sleep apnea are:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax
  • Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, which occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea

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The signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apneas overlap, sometimes making it difficult to determine which type you have. The most common signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apneas include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep — which would be reported by another person
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Awakening with a dry mouth
  • Morning headache
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
  • Difficulty paying attention while awake
  • Irritability

Payment Plans

At Flinders Discount Chemist , we understand that purchasing and maintaining your CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure therapy) equipment can be difficult and stressful. That’s why we offer a wide range of interest-free payment plans to suit any budget or CPAP therapy needs.

We offer Freedom Payment Plans for CPAP as well as ResMed Therapy Plans, Use the questions below to figure out which plan will best suit you :

  1. Do you want the choice between all the major brands (ResMed, Phillips, Fisher & Paykel and DeVilbiss)?
    The CPAP Freedom Payment Plans are best for you.
  2. Do you prefer to paying monthly vs fortnightly? 
    ResMed therapy plans may be best for you.
  3. Are you looking for a low up-front cost plan? 
    Our CPAP Freedom Payment Plans could be best for you, at only $1 upfront

Save & Deliver Offers all Testing and After Hours Pharmaceutical Services

Save & Deliver takes care of all your testing requirements including blood pressure and glucose tests which are done completely free of cost. There are sleep Apnea tests done along with other testing procedures conducted by trained and skilled professionals. The pharmacy remains open between 8 AM and 11 PM with extended operating hours for better convenience and support to the community. At the same time, there is support and assistance for finding urgent medication as the pharmacist is available even for late-night emergencies or sudden requirements. Free Websterpak System or Medication Management services are offered along with prescription compounding, specialized medication solutions for fertility clinics, aged care facilities, and more.

Medication management plans help patients follow their medicinal intake in a timely manner and helps elderly patients to adhere to their medical care routines for optimum care. Customers get all the help they need with free delivery of medicines, competitive pricing, and medical management help for elderly patients or fertility clinics with tips, reminders and more. We also offer services like ear piercing for age groups.


Most frequent questions and answers

When you have sleep Apnea, your breathing repeatedly pauses and restarts while you are asleep.

Sleep Apnea is diagnosed with nocturnal polysomnography or sleep tests with finger clip, sensors and nasal cannula.

The three types of sleep Apnea are complex, central and obstructive