One of the most common types of therapy for obstructive sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). The CPAP device sends a gentle, steady stream of air through the nose and into the back of the throat. The pressure delivered by the device prevents the collapse and blockage of the airway allowing a person to breath freely while asleep.
Mask fitting clinic
The Asante Sleep Center offers mask fitting clinics where patients may sign up for a complimentary 30-minute session with a registered sleep technologist or respiratory therapist and troubleshoot mask problems and try out new CPAP interfaces. Patients may bring their machines to be tested for proper pressure delivery.
CPAP desensitization sessions
A 30 to 45 minute CPAP desensitization session may be ordered for you by your sleep specialist. The sessions are generally for patients who have never tried CPAP and may have some reservations about using treatment. A registered sleep technologist or respiratory therapist may fit you with one or two different masks and allow you to wear the mask with the CPAP machine on at a low pressure setting. He or she will work with you until you feel comfortable with treatment. A CPAP titration (overnight study) will most likely follow a few days later to find the correct pressure for you. CPAP compliance for sleep apnea patient's is the key to maintaining good health.