There are numerous treatment options available for snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), each one is recommended dependant on the individual. The “gold standard” in the treatment of OSA is CPAP therapy.
How does CPAP work?
CPAP works by delivering a continuous flow of air into the airway, via a mask, to “splint” the airway open and restore normal breathing. The flow of air is generated by a pump called a CPAP machine, which is set to deliver a pressure of air that is specific to your condition. This set pressure is determined during your CPAP titration sleep study.
How long does CPAP take to work?
When your CPAP pressure has been confirmed, CPAP will stop your sleep apnea straight away. You may notice a difference the day after using CPAP effectively, however it is common to not notice a difference until you have been using it for an extended period of time. It may take some time to get used to using CPAP for the entire night, every night. This is normal.
If you are having any issues adjusting to your machine or your mask, speak to your CPAP provider. Almost all CPAP problems can be solved with a little help and persistence.
How long will I need to use CPAP for?
Unfortunately, CPAP does not cure sleep apnea. All it does is keep your airways open to control the symptoms. If you stop using CPAP your airway will repeatedly obstruct again.
Do I need to use CPAP all night?
CPAP should be used whenever you sleep, including daytime naps. If you stop using CPAP your airways will begin to obstruct again almost immediately.
What if I can't use CPAP for one or two nights?
A couple of nights without using your CPAP is unlikely to be a big deal. Most people with sleep apnea have had it for years without any treatment. But you need to know that all of your symptoms will come back very quickly. You may snore at night and feel tired during the day.