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.
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.
What should I expect during my CPAP study?
If you are referred for CPAP titration study, you will be admitted to either a sleep centre or a hospital. A CPAP titration is for patients previously diagnosed with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea).
A Sleep Technologist will be with you during your stay to setup your overnight study and provide education about your CPAP therapy.
At the beginning of the night, the Sleep Technologist will fit you with a CPAP mask. There are many different types of masks and your Sleep Technologist will ensure you are fit with a suitable mask for your breathing style and comfort.
During the night, your Sleep Technologist will monitor your data and will be titrating your CPAP pressure periodically to optimise your breathing and keep your airway open.
In the morning, your Sleep Technologist will provide you with a CPAP prescription that will have your recommended pressure and mask details attached. You will then take this to a CPAP supplier to begin your CPAP therapy at home.