Starting Sleep Apnea Treatment
CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is the gold standard in treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea. CPAP works by providing a light air pressure to the throat while you sleep, in order to prevent your throat muscles from collapsing and blocking air from reaching your lungs when you breathe.
Other Positive Airway Pressure or PAP treatment modalities are APAP and BPAP which are explained later; for now we will use the term CPAP Therapy to refer to all PAP therapies.
In most cases, you will experience immediate symptom relief and a huge boost in your mental and physical energy when you try CPAP therapy. CPAP is safe, drug free and highly effective at treating your Sleep Apnea when used as directed.
Treating your sleep apnea with CPAP therapy involves wearing a fitted mask or nasal pillows which are connected to the source of airflow or the flow generator unit.
The mask or nasal pillows are worn during sleep and the light air pressure is breathed in during sleep in a regulated fashion. This air increases the pressure in your throat which keeps the throat open and allows the air to flow properly to your lungs.
No one can argue that sleeping with a mask on takes a bit of time to adjust to. The key is getting used to CPAP therapy and staying on CPAP therapy. The best way to ensure that you are provided the advice and tools to help you benefit from CPAP therapy is to select a company with Healthcare Professionals who have experience and knowledge to assist in effective treatment.
CPAP therapy does not cure OSA; there is no real cure. In order for CPAP therapy to continue to be of benefit, it must be used at all times when you are sleeping. This sometimes takes ongoing support from your CPAP provider and this means you need to select a provider who will provide this quality support to you. .
West Care Medical therapists have provided CPAP therapy to over 100,000 clients over the past 30 years, and today can take care of you through 100 sleep clinics coast to coast.
Your West Care Medical therapist will be here for you whatever your questions or needs may be. With over 150 Healthcare Professionals across Canada we have served every type of client and situation.
Starting CPAP Treatment
Studies demonstrate that education about Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), follow-up, a comfortable mask fit, effective therapy monitoring and regular communication with a Healthcare Professional improves treatment success.
CPAP Program overview
- Personalized service from a trained Health Care Professional
- Education on Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Customized mask fit to ensure comfort
- Discuss the different “comfort features” of each CPAP machine
- Clinical assessment and ongoing support
- An optional CPAP trial
- A comprehensive follow-up program
- Wide selection of products to meet your individual needs
Our goal is to ensure that you are comfortable and confident with your treatment so that you are on the road to a lifetime of better health.
CPAP Treatment Program Details
We will provide the most comfortable, hassle free sleep apnea treatment to ensure that you are receiving effective therapy every night.
We will assess your lifestyle and medical history to help us determine the best treatment approach and products for you. Having your bed partner at this assessment is helpful to painting an accurate and complete picture as you may not be aware of some signs and symptoms that occur during your sleep.
Each CPAP machine has different comfort features, flow patterns and adjustments. Most also have a recording capability, that can determine how effective your treatment is. If your doctor has not yet done so we will help you to choose the right one for you. Next, we will consider the pressure that your doctor has prescribed and the characteristics of your face to determine the most comfortable mask for you. Your choices are a Full Face Mask, a Nasal Mask or a Direct Nasal Mask.
Along with choosing the type of mask, we will provide you with a custom mask fit. We will focus on small adjustments, to minimize mask leaks and maximize comfort and effectiveness.
We will set the CPAP machine features and delivered pressure, as prescribed by your doctor. Next we will turn on the unit and adjust the mask on your face so that you experience the pressure and are comfortable in using the therapy. Then we will discuss common questions, possible minor side effects and solutions and what to expect during your first few days of therapy.
You will receive literature to educate you and your family on Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This resource also describes how to take care of your equipment, where is the best place to set it in your home, how to clean it, safety considerations, when to replace certain parts and general maintenance.