WHAT IS C.P.A.P.?
CPAP Therapy, pronounced SEE—PAP, which means Continuous Positive Airways Pressure, is considered to be the most effective way to treat Sleep Apnoea.
CPAP is a simple concept: a continuous flow of air pressure to overcome the effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. The equipment has three basic parts. A CPAP Machine, a mask and a tube. The CPAP machine takes air from your room and gently pressurises it, the air blows through the tube and mask to your airway where the pressure of the air will keep the airways open while you sleep.
Unfortunately, CPAP does not cure sleep apnoea. If you stop using CPAP, your airway will once again obstruct, and your symptoms of Sleep apnoea will likely return.
At first CPAP can be quite difficult to use, whether it be adapting to wearing the mask, the air pressure or simply the wondering if it is working. Rest assured your clinician is there to guide you through the entire process. You should use your CPAP whenever you sleep, including if you take daytime naps. Studies show that the more CPAP is used the more you get out of it.
WHAT IS A C.P.A.P. TRIAL?
A CPAP trial is offered to patients so the clinician can closely monitor the required machine settings. It gives the patient some time to get comfortable with the machine and to trial several masks before settling on “the one” and discuss any concerns they have along the way.
A CPAP trial typically lasts 3-4 weeks during which time you will be required to attend weekly follow up appointments, remembering we are with you the during your entire trial for support. During The CPAP trial your CPAP clinician will discuss any problems you may be having, try on different styles of mask and of course change the pressure settings on your hire machine.
For patients located outside of Albany we have the ability to remotely access your CPAP machine data and can discuss your trial via telephone. This service is available where there is sufficient mobile phone reception, however, if there is no mobile service we will still be able to access data with your help.