Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the most common treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea. A CPAP machine has a mask that fits over your mouth and nose, or just over your nose. The machine gently blows air into your airway.
The air pressure is adjusted so that it's just enough to stop the airways from becoming narrowed or blocked during sleep. Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machines are similar to CPAPs, but have two pressure settings; the prescribed pressure for inhalation and a lower pressure for exhalation. The dual settings allow some patients to move more air in and out of their lungs.
If you have trouble with your PAP device, work with one of our sleep specialists to help you understand how to reduce side effects. There are many different types of machines and masks.
People who have severe sleep apnea generally feel much better when they start treatment.
Did you know that a PAP user's feeling of well being is directly related to how oftern they use their equipment?
Supplemental humidity can help mitigate the nasal irritation and dryness that some individuals experience.
It takes time and patience to get used to PAP treatment. It is vital to your health that you stick with treatment. This is called compliance. We can help you have a comfortable experience.I
There are three common types of PAP masks, No matter what type of mask you use, it is important that it fits well and is comfortable.
Prescribed PAP pressure, facial structure and size, individual breathing and slep styles, personal characteristics such as facial hair, whether or not your wear eyeglasses or suffer from a condition like arthritis or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), are all factors that influence comfortable and effective mask fit.
Our sleep therapy team will work with you to give your treatment the best possibility of success.