The Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy is one of the most effective, non-invasive treatments available today for OSA.
The Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy is one of the most effective, non-invasive treatments available today for OSA. The machine gently blows air into the nose and / mouth through a tubing to a face mask to prevent airway from collapsing during sleep. There are several types of sleep therapy machines and masks available.
The CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is the most common. It 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.
The BiPAP (Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure) machine delivers two different positive pressure levels. It keeps the upper airway from collapsing by delivering higher pressurized air during inspiration and helps users exhale easier by delivering lower pressurized air. BiPAP devices are sometimes prescribed for patients who have trouble tolerating one constant pressure from a CPAP machine.
It is important to choose a CPAP face mask that effectively treats the sleep apnea condition while maximizing the comfort level. The considerations of an ideal fit includes determining the needs of the user such as how they breathe or position during sleep.
Treatment of sleep apnea will positively impact the patient’s life.
Some of the benefits of treatment1 include:
The key to realising these benefits is to stay committed to the treatment every single night for at least 4 hrs per night.
New York Times “Sleep Apnea In-Depth Report” citing various references, http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/sleep-apnea/print.html