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How is Sleep Apnoea Treated?

Both moderate and severe diagnoses of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea are often prescribed CPAP therapy or a version of CPAP therapy. For those who have been diagnosed with a mild case of Sleep Apnoea, sometimes a sleep specialist or medical professional will advise treatment with a change in lifestyle habits such as regular exercise, losing weight and eating healthily.

What does CPAP stand for?

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.

How does a CPAP Machine work?

It prevents the narrowing or complete collapse of the air passage through the use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. The CPAP device is a machine which features a pump that delivers a constant pressure while sleeping to the back of the throat which keeps the air passage open and ensures normal breathing free from interruptions. Because the machine prevents the muscles and soft tissues at the back of the throat (soft palette) from partially or completely closing, you are able to enjoy a full night’s sleep free from apnoea.

A CPAP device consists of:

  • A pump to produce the pressured air (CPAP device)
  • A length of tube which carries the air to you
  • A close fitting mask which is worn over the nose and or mouth with ports
  • Head straps to hold the nasal mask in place

How long will it take for me to get used to using my CPAP machine?

Every person has a different experience. It may take some time to get used to your CPAP device. The average amount of time is 1-2 weeks. Sleep Apnoea Services suggest being open about your experience with a close friend or family member- you never know, it may also help someone else receive a positive diagnosis too!

When will I notice an improvement in my symptoms?

Many users of the CPAP machines report a positive change in their symptoms overnight, waking up refreshed after one night of use. For those who notice no improvement after one night of treatment, they usually begin to notice an improvement after 2-3 days of continuous use of the CPAP machine.

will the pressure on my CPAP Machine need to be changed?

It is unusual for the pressure to have to change on your CPAP Machine once it is set after a consultation or sleep analysis. There may be some instances in which the pressure will have to be reset but this is rare. If you are concerned about your pressure settings, you can contact Sleep Apnoea Services and we will be able to advise the best course of action.

How Often Do I need To Use My CPAP Machine?

You need to use your CPAP machine every night. Sporadic use is not an effective form of treatment as the CPAP machine keeps your airway open and without it, the airway will partially or completely close and you will experience apnoea again as your soft palette relaxes in your throat. In addition sporadic use, while not effective, also delays the time it takes for you to be able to adjust to sleeping with the CPAP machine.

How can I cope with having to use a CPAP Machine?

You may be apprehensive, and this completely is normal. No matter your concern, we would like to assure you and stress the importance of the ongoing management of this sleep disorder. While this sleep disorder is not life threatening on its own; if left untreated or undiagnosed, it can increase your risk of high blood pressure, type II diabetes, heart attack and stroke. The CPAP machines help so many people experience a healthy night’s sleep free from apnoea and the associated disruptive cycles of waking up and falling asleep.

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