CPAP is an acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, and this is exactly what the machine delivers. A CPAP machine maintains the deliverance of air at a slightly higher pressure than normal air that you breathe. This allows easier access into your respiratory system and means that while you sleep your airways are kept open. Blocked airways are the reason that sleep apnoea occurs in the first place, as your muscles relax and your throat becomes smaller. By eliminating this risk you are able to breathe normally throughout your nights sleep, meaning that you aren’t continuously woken up and can enter REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep.
CPAP is the most common treatment for sleep apnoea and has a very high success rate with around 70-80% of sufferers using it. It is a very simple system and quickly eliminates the chances of your airways becoming blocked.
The machine itself is small and you will have to wear a mask over your mouth while you sleep. Although it might seem like this would prevent you getting any sleep at all, most patients find that they quickly adapt to wearing one, and that the sleep they then get is well worth
To determine whether a CPAP machine will help you, you will have to have a consultation with either Mr. Oko or another specialist, as well as undergoing several assessments and sleep studies. The specialist will then be able to monitor your sleeping problems and decide whether a CPAP machine is the right treatment for you.
We provide rapid access clinics where we can review patients who have problems with their CPAP machines or masks. This is very important as we understand that continuity of treatment is crucial for people suffering from sleep apnoea and problem snoring.