What is CPAP ?
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This positive airway pressure is used as a pressure stent to keep the airway open. By minimising the blockages of the airway, you are preventing constant disruptions from occurring through the night, meaning a more peaceful sleep. CPAP is the gold standard treatment for Sleep Apnoea. CPAP is a device that applies a gentle pressure to the airway via a mask
. Masks can either go over the nose, in the nostrils or over the nose and mouth. Machines can be either Automatic Titrating devices or Constant Pressure. The Automatic titrating devices will alter the pressure based on the demands of each breath. Fixed pressures will remain constant through the night. Modern devices come with Humidifiers and heated tubes which adds to the comfort of the therapy. Contrary to popular belief, the machines are extremely quiet and the masks are continually evolving, becoming much lighter and more comfortable. It is often the fear of the machine being loud or uncomfortable that prevents people from trying CPAP. The beauty of CPAP is that the treatment can be statistically monitored. The latest ResMed AirSense 10 device
allows for remote monitoring. Data from your previous night’s sleep is sent to our offices where we can make changes and provide feedback to optimize your therapy. Trialing CPAP before purchasing is an absolute must as it allows for the appropriate mask to be fitted, the right pressures to be set and other comfort settings to be fine tuned to allow maximum benefit for you. CPAP is an Australian invention created by Colin Sullivan at the University of Sydney.