Sleep & Respiratory

Patient Treatment

 

There are various different treatment options for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Which option is right for you depends upon the severity of your sleep apnoea. Below is some information on the various different treatment options:

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) provides one constant air pressure all through the night

www.resmed.com/uk/patients_and_families/treatment/treatment.html

 

Getting the most from CPAP therapy

While some people adjust immediately to sleeping with positive airway pressure, many find the change difficult. Some give up and allow their condition and their gereral well-being to worsen. Some carry on with treatment—all the while believing that there must be some way to improve their therapy. If you are one of these people, then we have good news: you're right. Therapy can be more comfortable and more effective.

Consider the goal of therapy. It's simple. You want to stop the effects of your sleep apnoea and allow yourself to get healthy sleep
 
Use your therapy whenever you sleep, day or night. Generally speaking, the more you use therapy, the more you will achieve in managing your sleep apnoea
 
Make sure that your mask is comfortable and there are no leaks between your face and the mask. Your sleep clinic will usually assist you in choosing the best mask for your individual needs. And, if the first mask doesn’t work for you, your sleep clinic can provide you with alternatives
 
Many patients find that using heated humidification with their CPAP device makes their therapy much more comfortable. Ask your sleep clinic about the merits of humidification, particularly if your mouth feels dry during the night; if you experience nasal congestion; or if you breath through your mouth while your sleep.

 

Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP) automatically varies pressure through the night. It actively responds to the continuous changes in your upper airway:

www.resmed.com/uk/patients_and_families/treatment/autotitration.html

 

Bi-level therapy provides a higher pressure when you breathe in, and a lower pressure when you breathe out:

www.resmed.com/uk/patients_and_families/treatment/bilevel.html

 

Mask Selection:

www.resmed.com/uk/patients_and_families/improving_therapy/mask-selection.html

 

Treating Sleep Apnoea:

www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-related-problems/continuous-positive-airway-pressure-and-sleep