Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most common treatment for patients with moderate or severe sleep apnea and for most with mild, but symptomatic obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP therapy can also eliminate, or at least improve, other problems like snoring, insomnia, lack of concentration, nighttime urination, and frequent nighttime awakenings.
Sleep Health Solutions in Ohio offers the following related services:
- CPAP polysomnogram titrations
- Bi-Level Machine pressure titrations and assessments
- Mask Fittings
- Positive airway pressure machine assessments
Benefits of CPAP Therapy
The advantages of CPAP therapy are the same benefits that people get from a good night’s sleep and regular rest. The therapy can help effectively manage the symptoms and dangerous side-effects caused by obstructive sleep apnea. If you stick with it, treatment should help alleviate other health problems, including high blood pressure and diabetes.
Controlling sleep apnea is a crucial part of lowering your risk for cardiovascular problems, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke. With CPAP therapy, patients often report better quality sleep, decreased snoring, and increased energy and ability to concentrate during the day.
How Does CPAP Therapy Work?
CPAP devices have been used to successfully treat sleep apnea since the 1980s. By providing a constant flow of pressurized air, the machine is designed to support the airway. It prevents the soft tissues along the mouth and throat, as well as uvula and tongue, from blocking regular respiration while sleeping. In addition to better breathing patterns at night, many patients also notice less swelling within the nose and mucus buildup throughout the airway.
How Long Before CPAP Therapy Works?
Some of the sleep apnea sufferers who are referred to our clinic feel an improvement in their symptoms right away. Many people feel more rested and rejuvenated after the first night of CPAP therapy. And often, the person who sleeps next to you will immediately notice that your snoring and breathing patterns are better. For others, the symptoms of sleep apnea improve gradually in the first weeks or months of treatment.
It is possible to successfully manage sleep apnea with a commitment to therapy. It’s important to stick with it and use the CPAP machine consistently, every time you go to sleep.
Want to learn more? Read: How to Ensure CPAP Therapy Works for You.
Starting CPAP Therapy
To begin CPAP therapy, you will need a prescription for the device from your physician. Your doctor should refer you for an overnight sleep study to confirm the sleep apnea diagnosis. Sleep Health Solutions supports referrals for both clinical sleep analysis and at-home testing for OSA.
Once it is determined that CPAP therapy is the best treatment option for you, sleep specialists will work to find the appropriate setting on the device. Pressure settings are adjusted and fine-tuned as part of the sleep analysis to ensure that the machine delivers the right amount of air flow. Our staff will also help you find the type and size of mask that fits well and is comfortable for you to wear all night.
Sleep Health Solutions will provide instructions on how to set up, use, and care for your CPAP machine. Then, we supply the filters, detergents, and assistance you need to keep the device working properly. Our clinicians also provide ongoing support and sleep coaching to ensure that you are successful in sticking to the treatment plan.
Are You Ready to Get Started with CPAP Therapy?
We can help get you the rest you need. Contact Sleep Health Solutions to begin the road to recovery.