Depending on your diagnosis, many treatment options may be available to you and should be coordinated with your doctor.
Many Sleep Center patients have a diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
If you are diagnosed with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) after your first sleep study, you will need to come in for a second night sleep study for treatment called a CPAP titration study (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure).
What is OSA?
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. Untreated sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches.
What is CPAP?
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, therapy. A CPAP machine is usually about the size of a shoebox but can be smaller. A flexible tube connects the machine with a mask that is worn over the nose and/or mouth. CPAP works by pushing air through the airway at a pressure high enough to prevent airway blockage.
Once you arrive for your second sleep study you will be fitted with a mask that will make a seal around your nose and or mouth, but should be quite comfortable. You will be hooked up just like your first study with the addition of the CPAP mask. During your sleep, the pressure will be adjusted until the best pressure to treat your OSA is reached.
CPAP is generally ordered by faxing a prescription to a home care company. They are responsible for:
- Contacting you
- Making arrangements to get CPAP paid for by your insurance company
- Delivering the equipment to your home or another location convenient to you
- Providing you with necessary replacement parts (filters, masks, etc.) as needed
We have tried to make this experience as efficient and comfortable as possible. CPAP is a remarkably effective form of treatment that is successful for most patients with sleep disordered breathing and we hope you will find this treatment works for you.