What is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)?
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is an effective medical device used to treat sleep apnoea. Patients who have been diagnosed with mild, moderate or severe sleep apnoea can treat their condition by using a CPAP machine.
A CPAP machine uses gentle flow of compressed air to a person’s upper airway to keep their airway open so that they can breathe normally while they sleep. CPAP can be used to treat breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnoea and chronic snoring.
A CPAP machine consists of a small device with tubes connected to a mask that is worn and secured with straps over the mouth, nose or both. The mask comes in many different types and styles, so it is advisable that you meet with one of our CPAP specialists who will make sure you are fitted with the optimal CPAP machine and mask.
What happens during my appointment?
During your appointment, you will be fitted with different masks to find one that best suits your needs. You will also be provided with guidance and a demonstration on how to use the CPAP machine for your initial trial period which will last 3-4 weeks.
Throughout your trial period, one of our clinicians will contact you to address any issues you may have for optimal treatment results.
What happens after my trial?
At the end of your four-week trial, your CPAP clinician will provide you with recommended treatment settings for your CPAP machine. If during your trial period, you find that you are unable to acclimatize to the CPAP pressure, the sleep clinician may recommend you other possible treatments to explore.
How often should I get a check-up?
When using a CPAP machine, you should have your medical device (mask and machine) serviced every 6 months to ensure your equipment is working effectively. It is also recommended that a sleep study review be conducted once every 12 months should any of your circumstances change i.e. if you have lost or gained a significant amount of weight.
Here at The SleepHealth Clinic, we have a team of specially trained and experienced CPAP consultants who will help, support and guide you throughout your CPAP treatment and provide you with ongoing follow up care for best outcome.