CPAP Treatment

Effective, but not pretty

CPAP is not the prettiest option, but it works if used correctly. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, a specific type of breathing therapy consisting of a small machine that delivers a stream of compressed air via a plastic tube to a nasal pillow, nose mask or full-face mask. The forced air keeps the airway open so that “normal breathing” becomes possible, reducing and/or preventing sleep apnea.

CPAP Q&A

What is the upside of CPAP?

CPAP reduces or eliminates extremely loud snoring that often accompanies sleep apnea. ​It also has an integrated humidifier for extra comfort, as well as microcomputers and built in communication systems that monitor how well the machine is working. This also allows your sleep doctor to monitor your progress and make adjustments.

What is the downside of CPAP?

Many patients can’t handle the aesthetics or claustrophobia of sleeping with tubes and a face mask. And some experience congestion or irritation of the nasal passages and dry mouth. Some patients swear by their machines, while others taper off and stop using them. Insurance requires patients to use the CPAP. If not, you have to send it back. Also, the largest manufacturer of CPAP, Philips Respironics, recently recalled its machines due to the deterioration of polyester-based polyurethane sound abatement foam which can potentially enter the patient’s air pathway. Have no fear. There are other options, like a custom-fabricated oral device or surgery, if absolutely necessary.

How to get a CPAP?

Make an appointment with a BlueSleep specialist. Be sure to fill out the questionnaire before your appointment. Take a 3-night home sleep test. If the results are positive, we’ll recommend a CPAP (or an oral device). Insurance requires a positive sleep apnea test to pay for CPAP.

BlueSleep prescribes the CPAP and places an order with the leading national DME (Durable Medical Equipment) companies that ship the CPAP to your home. We’ll help you set up your CPAP machine so that it’s comfortable and effective.

Diagnosis and treatment of snoring and sleep apnea