CPAP/PAP Titration Treatment for Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are the most common treatment for sleep-related breathing disorders. After a sleep study, you will be fitted for a CPAP device to keep your airway open and ensure consistent, non-labored breathing during sleep.
During this study, the sleep technologist will make adjustments to the PAP levels in response to breathing events such as interruptions in breathing or sleep. The technologist will be working toward finding the lowest pressure that will prevent sleep disturbances (like apneas (stop-breathing) and periods of wakefulness) during all stages of sleep and for all body positions.
At the conclusion of the study, your PAP device will be specifically matched for your individual sleeping patterns and problems. You will receive education, a hands-on demonstration and a careful mask fitting so that you are able to properly use the device at home. Our sleep technologists will also give you tips on getting acclimated to the PAP device. Your device should be properly titrated for your use at the time you take it home.
It is possible that the titration will need to be adjusted later, especially if you lose weight or have certain surgical procedures.
More about PAP machines
PAP (positive airway pressure) therapy involves using a light mask over the nose or nose and mouth while sleeping. The mask is attached to a long hose, which is connected to a small unit that allows gently pressurized air to enter the throat through the nasal or oral passages. This air holds the airway open and allows a patient to breathe and sleep normally.
Because people’s faces vary widely in shape, size and form, there are several different styles, including:
- Standard masks that cover only the nose
- Masks that cover both the nose and mouth
- Nasal inserts or pillows placed directly into the nostrils
Be sure to schedule a follow-up appointment with your physician between 30 and 90 days of usage. Take this opportunity to discuss any complications, challenges or complaints you have from using the device. It is important that you establish a comfortable routine as early as possible in order to ensure successful treatment involving PAP therapy.