Skip to main content

Oxygen Support Therapy

Many conditions affect how oxygen from the air is inhaled into the lungs and delivered to the body. Oxygen therapy can help treat breathing problems and improve symptoms. Many people who get oxygen therapy find traveling to be difficult. Portable oxygen tanks may be available to those who have chronic issues. Ask your doctor if a portable oxygen tank is right for you.

People with serious illnesses may need oxygen therapy to make sure they are getting enough oxygen. Example of conditions includes:

  • Asthma

  • COPD

  • Cystic fibrosis

  • Heart failure

  • Pneumonia

  • Radiation therapy

  • Sleep apnea

Speak with your doctor about whether you could benefit from oxygen therapy.

What is Oxygen Therapy?

Oxygen therapy gives patients extra oxygen when they cannot get enough oxygen from the air.  This can be caused by many health issues. Oxygen therapy can be provided in a medical setting, in the home, or on the go with portable oxygen tanks.

Oxygen can be supplied through a tank or other container. Tubes connect to the container to supply to the mouth, nose or windpipe. Methods to transfer the oxygen include:

  • Breathing tube in the windpipe

  • Mask

  • Nasal prongs tubes supply oxygen to the patient using an oxygen tank.

Oxygen therapy can help people get the oxygen they need for their bodies to function. Oxygen therapy improves:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fatigue

  • Sleep

  • Lifespan of some COPD patients

  • Quality of life

Your doctor will go over how much oxygen you need.  Some patients only need oxygen at night. Ask your doctor any questions you may have about oxygen therapy

Latest News

View All
Drive-through Flu Shots Available at MaineHealth Care at Home
MaineHealth Care at Home (MHCAH) will be offering drive-through flu shots for all community members at their Saco location at 15 Industrial Park Rd.
Franklin Community Health Network offers flu clinics
Franklin Community Health Network is offering drive-up flu clinics in October for adults on the Franklin Memorial Hospital campus and via mobile outreach by the Healthy Community Coalition. No appointment is required.
Physicians Join Maine Medical Partners
Maine Medical Partners announces the following new hires.
Getting a Flu Shot has Never Been More Important
PBMC, WCGH and Belfast Public Health Nursing combine to offer 40 flu clinics.