Sleep Apnea Treatment Bulk Billing Sydney - Dr Levi Sleep Clinic

CONTINUOUS POSITIVE AIRWAY PRESSURE

What is CPAP Therapy?

There are several types of sleep therapy machines, but a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is the most common. A CPAP machine sends a constant flow of airway pressure to your throat to ensure that your airway stays open during sleep, effectively treating the spontaneous pauses in breath associated with sleep apnea.

Treating your sleep apnea will positively impact your life by increasing your energy, alertness, and overall happiness. Begin a healthier, happier life with sleep therapy.

 

What is APAP Therapy?

APAP  (Automatic CPAP) machines works the same way as CPAP but with the added benefit that the sleep apnea machine automatically adjusts the pressurised air through the CPAP mask, on a breath by breath basis, to blow the minimum pressure needed to keep your airway open during sleep. This provides you with the ideal pressure throughout the entire night. An added benefit to this is that the sleep apnea machine automatically adjusts its pressure to your changing needs. For example – if you lose weight or sleep on your back then change to your side.

Why is CPAP the Gold Standard? Are there other options?

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CPAP FAQ

Most people adjust to CPAP therapy within a few weeks. However, this can vary with the individual and we would encourage you to contact your Sleep Therapist or Doctor if you have any concerns as CPAP support will be essential for successful outcomes.
Results vary as everyone is different. Some people notice a change almost immediately, while others will fit it takes a little longer. If you feel your progress is very minimal, talk to others around you, chances are they will notice changes first. It is possible that you will feel worse before feeling better in the initial few weeks, which is completely normal, but it is not permanent. Persevere and you will reap the benefits.
Yes, it may be. As you start to sleep better, you will find that your energy and motivation will increase. Therefore your desire to participate in more activities may increase as well. Your body’s metabolism may also improve.
If at any time you require Surgery or hospitalisation, make sure you tell your doctor and anesthetist of your OSA condition and the need to use the CPAP machine. Remember to take your CPAP equipment with you to hospital so it can be used during your stay in hospital.

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.

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