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CONTINUOUS POSITIVE AIR PRESSURE
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CPAP treatment uses a Continuous Positive Air Pressure to hold the airway open during sleep. The positive air pressure is generated by a pump called a CPAP machine, and is applied through a small mask which fits over the nose, or the nose and mouth.
CPAP stands for continuous positive air pressure. It was invented at Sydney university Australia by dr colin Sullivan. Patients often refer to it as the mask-thing-treatment
It is the world gold standard in treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea which is when the airway at the back of the throat blocks regularly during sleep resulting in the patient stop breathing & holding their breathe. No oxygen goes to the brain or rest of the body.
The good news is it works the best as we can adjust pressure to keep the airway open for anyone. However it needs to be personally tailored for each patient for pressure and comfort. Comfort is the key to wearing the CPAP . If it isn’t comfortable, then you get a very poor compliance rate. Patients often stop wearing it after a year or only wear it a small part of the night if it is not comfortable. il
It’s very important that when starting on CPAP to let your Sleep Therapist / Doctor know of the issues you are experiencing on the CPAP equipment, so that they can best help to personally tailor and fine tune the pressure and maximize comfort for you.
Patients who are not able to get use to or find cpap comfortable, then look for an alternative option which is often the MAS (Mandibular Advancement Splint) dental device.
Dr Levi (himself a patient) with severe obstructive sleep apnoea wore cpap himself for some 2-3 years.
Dr Levi will admit that it is a very acquired taste and can be terribly hard to get used to without the support and personally tailoring the therapy to maximize comfort for you.
A new research paper out of the USA states that after one year only 32% of patients are still using the cpap effectively.
CPAP varies enormously. Huge variations eg there are maybe 50+ masks on the world market, maybe 6-8 major manufacturers, hundreds of different pressure settings, auto & preset machines and lots of other variables. So to buy one blindly online would be a medical oversight as effective cpap treatment needs lots and lots of input, guidance and supervision by a CPAP Sleep Therapist.
Additionally, cpap needs to be check and monitored at least yearly by a qualified Sleep Therapist.
The new machine today are smaller and quieter than ever before – additionally there are now more compact travel versions for to get out and explore the world more!
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CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a type of therapy that applies mild air pressure through a mask that sits around the nose, to your airway to keep the airway open, so that you can breathe normally while you sleep.
CPAP has always been considered the gold standard for treating sleep apnoea, and the trick to the therapy is finding the most comfortable mask and right pressure for you. Our trained and experience Sleep Therapist at Dr. Levi’s are the leading experts in finding the right mask and pressure for your therapy.
If you are unable to get comfortable with CPAP Therapy, at Dr. Levi’s we have a wide range of other latest therapies available to treat your Sleep Breathing Disorder.
Most people need a Humidifier, as this helps to prevent the nasal airway and mouth getting dry, which most people wake up after using a CPAP machine without a Humidifier. The humidifier helps to clear nasal congestion, and improve nasal overall function. If you unsure, then speak to our Sleep Therapist at Dr Levi’s Sleep Clinic to assist you.
CPAP machines come in different Makes and Models, just like cars do and vary in price. It is best to talk to your Sleep Therapist on which Pressure Mode your therapy is set too and your most important comfort features that work best, as this will guide you on which Make and Model cpap machine to get. If you are not sure, then call us and speak to our Sleep Therapist who can assist.
Some people notice improvements immediately the when you wake up. Others may take slightly longer before they begin to experience the benefits as you may require your Sleep Therapist to adjust the settings on your CPAP machine to suit you better.
The pivotal moment was a night in June 1980, when Prof. Colin Sullivan, an Australian Physician, first tested the idea that positive pressure, applied just through the nasal airway, could stop obstructive apnea. The patient in whom the first test was done had very sleep sleep apnea and come under the care of Prof. Sullivan at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney, Australia), where he was the physician at the Respiratory Unit. From here, the CPAP machine was invited for treating obstructive sleep apnea, and has played a direct role in the development of the Australian Company ResMed that now proceeds and exports these devices internationally.
CPAP machines today have a lot of comfort features that make starting on cpap therapy a lot more comfortable than in the past. When you breathe through the mask on the cpap machine, you are actually in control of the breathing. When you first start on CPAP Therapy it is best to let your Sleep Therapist know your experience after a night or two, so that they can make any adjustments required to maximise your CPAP Machine comfort features, so you can have a great night rest with your cpap.
CPAP is known as the ‘gold star’ therapy for treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. Most Sleep Physicians prefer that you have tried CPAP before committing to an oral appliance, as it helps to provide a lot of valuable information about how the other therapies will treat your Snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. However, not everyone can get comfortable with CPAP therapy, and at Dr. Levi’s Sleep Clinic, we have a range of other Therapies that can also assist in managing and treating your Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea if you find you are not able to get comfortable with CPAP Therapy.