So you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, and maybe you are just a little unsure about your doctor prescribing you a 30 day trial on the CPAP machine, also sometimes referred to as a sleep apnea machine. Let us share with you the history behind the machine and what you can expect from your CPAP therapy.
CPAP is an acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. When you suffer from sleep apnea, your airways relax and collapse to cause an obstruction in your breath, and the CPAP machine counter acts this by gently blowing air into the airways through a mask that fits over your nose. The machine is a small, quiet and portable, which means that it can go with you wherever you travel, and does not disturb your sleeping partner.
Furthermore, CPAP therapy will do the following things extremely well, and that is why it is the number one prescribed treatment for sufferers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
➢ Stops snoring
➢ Improves quality of life
➢ Restores restful sleep
➢ Reduces the risk of heart attack, hypertension, stroke, motor vehicle and work place accidents
CPAP machines have a 80-90% success rate in treatment for OSA, versus 60% for oral appliances, 50% for invasive surgery, and various results for weight loss, which different for each individual. Every CPAP user inevitably goes through a period of adjustment while on their CPAP trial, as they are becoming familiar with using their equipment, however, we are hear to help you on every step of your journey.
Since CPAP therapy is a lifetime treatment, we want to set you up with the tools for success so that your experience is a good once right from the start. Some studies have shown that approx. 50% of CPAP patients discontinue their therapy on their own for various reasons. So we created the Circle of Care for each of our patients, and that starts with proper education of the sleep condition known as OSA. Proper instruction for the use of the CPAP equipment, on going follow-ups with your care team which includes your family physician, and health care insurance, is all part of the on going care we provide to our patients. It is also important to note that we provide on going educational seminars and CPAP clean up clinics to keep your equipment working well and to increase the lifespan of the machine.
Call us today to find out how to become a part of the Clinical Sleep Solutions Circle of Care. We have 7 neighbourhood locations in the lower mainland to serve you better.