What is CPAP?
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most common and effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). CPAP therapy keeps your airway open during the night by gently providing a constant stream of air through a mask you wear while you sleep. This eliminates the breathing pauses caused by sleep apnea, so you will no longer snore or have restricted breathing in your sleep. You will be able to sleep through the night without your body waking up from a lack of oxygen.
You will need a sleep test to determine if you have OSA. After this test, your provider will determine which of the following you need:
- Titration study: A daytime or overnight sleep study done at our sleep center that helps us determine the level of pressure needed for your CPAP.
- Auto CPAP titration: Your CPAP machine is set at a variable pressure and adjusts the pressure automatically needed based on your breathing needs. There is no need for a daytime/overnight sleep study.
What Is Involved with CPAP Therapy?
CPAP therapy is a lifestyle change and it can take weeks or even months to get used to wearing it nightly. Our Respiratory Team will determine which CPAP machine is best suited for you. Next, they will determine which mask you will need. Finding the right mask is an important step in successful CPAP therapy. There are several different types and styles of mask to choose from:
- Nasal pillow mask: Small “pillows” that fit in your nostrils to create a seal
- Nasal mask: Covers your nose only
- Full Face mask: Covers your nose and mouth. This mask is the best choice if you have difficulty breathing through your nose for any reason.
The mask should be comfortable and create a seal so that air does not leak from it. Your Respiratory Therapist or Sleep Technologist will discuss the benefits of each one and work with you to find the right mask. It is important to communicate with your DME provider if you are having issues with your mask fit so that they can address it with you right away.
You should use your CPAP every time you are sleeping, even while napping. Consistent CPAP use increases your quality of sleep at night, which will eliminate daytime sleepiness. It can increase memory function, daytime alertness and energy levels. It also decreases the risk of congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.
CPAP Equipment and Supplies
CPAP is durable medical equipment (DME), which is prescribed by your sleep provider.
Sleep Insights conveniently offers DME at the Rochester and Geneseo locations and participates with the following insurances:
- Excellus BCBS (except Blue Choice Option)
Cleaning, Replacing, and Ordering CPAP Supplies
CPAP supplies should be replaced every six months. You can easily order all your CPAP supplies from Sleep Insights by calling us at 385.6070 #3 or contact us.
For routine maintenance and replacement recommendations for PAP supplies: