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Sleep CPAP therapy, also known as continuous positive airway pressure therapy, helps patients with sleep apnea breathe better through the night. At Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine, our team of sleep professionals might include CPAP therapy as part of a holistic treatment plan to improve your rest.
If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you might have sleep apnea or another breathing condition that affects your nightly rest. Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing temporarily during the night. This might be caused by the muscles along your airways relaxing too much and restricting the normal flow of air in and out of your respiratory system. Certain underlying health conditions might also cause breathing interruptions during sleep.
Some common conditions that could hamper your ability to sleep soundly include emphysema and chronic asthma. Individuals with these conditions or other forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may also experience obstructive sleep apnea as a separate issue. No matter the reason for your nightly sleep disturbances, there are treatments and therapies that can help.
People with sleep apnea often find relief with sleep CPAP therapy. This type of treatment involves wearing a mask that fits over the nose to supply a positive flow of air into your airways while you sleep. The continuous stream of air prevents your nasal passages from closing up overnight, so you don’t wake up suddenly due to breathing difficulties. CPAP therapy can also help reduce snoring and other noises caused by clogged up nasal passages.
Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine can conduct on-site sleep studies or set you up to do a sleep study at home in your own bed. Our talented team of breathing specialists can also perform pulmonary function testing, provide allergy testing, and diagnose a wide range of respiratory disorders to ensure you’re getting the right treatment.
Treatment for breathing disorders may take different forms, depending on the precise condition and your overall health. The first step to getting treatment is to discuss your medical history and current symptoms with a doctor. You might participate in a sleep study to determine your overnight breathing patterns. During this type of study, your breathing, oxygen levels, brain waves, and sleep interruptions are monitored and analyzed. If the study indicates sleep apnea, you might be a candidate for CPAP therapy.
If CPAP is recommended, you’ll get fitted for a mask and schedule sessions with a respiratory therapist who can help you maintain a regular schedule of CPAP use and monitor the effectiveness of the treatment. Dr. Lawrence Davanzo and his team of professional sleep specialists prioritize holistic care, so your treatment takes into account your own personal physiology, preferences, and health conditions.
One concern many people have about getting CPAP therapy is whether the mask feels comfortable enough for sound sleep. Fortunately, modern CPAP masks are designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, and a professional fitting can help ensure that it rests correctly on your face. Most people get used to using a sleep CPAP machine within two to twelve weeks.
If you think you might benefit from sleep CPAP therapy or are looking for options to help you breathe easier throughout the night, give Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine a call at 732-246-3066, or contact us via our online form. Dr. Davanzo and his team are ready to help you enjoy more restful sleep and better health.