Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) uses air to prop or splint the airway open. There are two types of CPAP machines. They are known as fixed (or conventional) and auto CPAP. With a fixed CPAP, the pressure delivered stays the same all night. With an auto CPAP the pressure varies throughout the night depending on the status of your airway.
Unless you have had a study in a level one sleep lab, a trial on an auto CPAP machine is usually needed to assess how much pressure is needed from a fixed machine. It is the data from the auto CPAP that tells us how to program a fixed CPAP.
In order to be successful with CPAP therapy, education and follow up are crucial. At MSC, we offer a free one month trial during which we review your sleep study with you, teach you about OSA and CPAP therapy and meet weekly to discuss any issues. CPAP machines have SD cards in them allowing us to download date so we can see details of your sleep on CPAP therapy. We can also make any adjustments to the therapy to either make it more effective or more comfortable.
Having the right mask is crucial to CPAP therapy success. At MSC, we change masks as often as needed until we find the right one; no extra charges applied. We carry a wide variety of masks to fit every face. If you already use CPAP, we offer mask trials, where you try the mask for a week before you purchase it.