CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
CPAP is an effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS). OSAS occurs when the upper airway relaxes and collapses when we sleep, obstructing some or all air flow to the lungs. CPAP patients wear a face mask connected to a special pump (the CPAP machine) that blows air into the upper airway at a set pressure to prevent obstruction and allow normal breathing. The pressure delivered by the CPAP machine to the upper airway is continuous during both inspiration and expiration. CPAP is safe and effective even in children. With CPAP, daytime sleepiness and snoring improve or resolve, heart function and hypertension improve and more importantly, quality of life improves.
Initially CPAP patients are monitored in a sleep laboratory to determine the appropriate treatment and CPAP pressure. The first few nights on CPAP therapy tend to be difficult. Many patients at first find the mask uncomfortable, claustrophobic or embarrassing. The staff at Kingston Oxygen Home Health Care Centre are specially trained and able to ease this transition.