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Respiratory Care and Sleep Control Medicine

We are a multidisciplinary team, cooperating with specialists from the Japanese Society of Sleep Research, the Japanese Respiratory Society, and the Japanese Society of Neurology and Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGT). Polysomnography is the most reliable and commonly used diagnostic tool for sleep disorders.

Whilst there are more than one hundred types of sleep disorders the bulk of our clinical practice involves the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea syndrome (SAS). Statistics tell us that 1 in 5 adults stop or have infrequent breathing more than five times an hour during their sleep. For one person in fifteen this happens more than fifteen times an hour and necessitates medical intervention. Sleep apnea has a deleterious affects on other conditions such as cerebrovascular and cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure and diabetes. Sufferers are often tired during the day and this adversely affects their life. Our outpatient service is open everyday. Please feel free to visit us if you are snoring, have high-blood pressure, diabetes or obesity and are concerned you might have SAS. (written by Kazuo Chin, outpatient clinician at Respiratory Care / Sleep Apnea )

CPAP therapy using nasal masks is the most common therapy for OSAS patients. The above shows how your throat is during sleep.

  1. a. A healthy throat (upper airway) remains open during sleep.
  2. b. A OSAS patient's throat closes during sleep.
  3. c. The pressure of the nasal mask keeps a OSAS patient's throat open.

CPAP is a very simple and easy devise.

Testing Equipment

Testing room (the photo is of one of the rooms for double occupancy.) There is also a private testing room.

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