Proudly Offering Chronic Respiratory Failure Treatment

Do you need treatment for chronic respiratory failure? If so, you can turn to the pulmonary clinic trusted by patients across Ventura County, California, and beyond: West Coast Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders Center. Our team of highly skilled pulmonary doctors has been treating patients since 2004, during which time we have earned a reputation for our expertise and compassion. Even if you are unable to visit our offices in Oxnard and Camarillo, we can still provide you with the chronic respiratory failure treatment you require using our advanced telemedicine service.

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What Is Chronic Respiratory Failure?

Chronic respiratory failure occurs when the respiratory system fails to either:

  • Take in enough oxygen (known as hypoxemic respiratory failure, this leads to low blood oxygen levels)
  • Remove enough carbon dioxide from the blood (known as hypercapnic respiratory failure, this leads to high carbon dioxide levels)

Unlike acute respiratory failure—which occurs suddenly and typically requires emergency treatment—chronic respiratory failure develops gradually and worsens over time. Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid or extremely slow breathing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Persistent headache
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • A blue tint on the skin, lips, or fingernails

What Causes Chronic Respiratory Failure?

Chronic respiratory failure usually occurs when the airways narrow or sustain damage, thereby limiting how much air can move in and out of the body. Some of the conditions that can lead to chronic respiratory failure include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Chest injuries
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Pneumonia
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Strokes

How Is Chronic Respiratory Failure Treated?

Chronic respiratory failure treatment will vary from one patient to another, but may include:

  • Treatment for the underlying condition
  • Medication
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Ventilation
  • Tracheostomy

Speak to a Pulmonary Doctor

If you have been experiencing the symptoms of chronic respiratory failure, treatment is just a phone call away. Contact West Coast Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders Center today and ask to schedule an appointment with one of the pulmonologists on our team. If you are in the Ventura County, CA, area and able to travel to one of our offices, we can arrange an in-person consultation—we even have same- and next-day appointments available! Or, if you would prefer to meet remotely, just let us know and we will gladly set up a telemedicine appointment.

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Pulmonology & Sleep Disorder Specialists You Can Rely On

When you need top-notch pulmonology care or treatment for a sleep disorder, we’re the specialist you can trust. We provide state-of-the-art diagnostics, comprehensive treatment, and patient-centric service.

Meet Our Team

The experienced team of medical providers at West Coast Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders Center is here to provide you with top-notch care that goes above and beyond to meet your needs. All of our providers are board-certified in internal medicine and many also hold additional board certifications in pulmonary disease, sleep medicine, and critical care medicine. Our bilingual staff can speak English and Spanish for our patients’ convenience.

Allison Wastak, MSN, FNP, AGACNP


Zachary Taich, M.D.


Laura Craver, PA-C


Darren Maehara, M.D.


G. Sofia Nelson, M.D.


Osezemeghonghon (Seze) Obilor, M.D.


Andrew Weymer, M.D.


Movses Hayrabedian, M.D.