CPAP & Sleep Apnea Management
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is one of the most common forms of sleep apnea. Caused by an obstruction in the upper airway, it’s characterized by frequent pauses in breathing; the pauses can last 20-40 seconds. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP for short, is often an effective therapy for preventing the obstruction. PAP devices work by sending a steady but gentle stream of air through the patient’s nose and into the back of their throat. The pressure delivered by the device prevents the tracheal wall and soft palate from collapsing, thereby keeping the airway open.
We’ve found that patients are most likely to be successful with their CPAP therapy when they have plenty of proper guidance and encouragement! There’s a brief learning curve that can be shortened further through access to one-on-one professional support. Because various published studies have indicated that the first month of PAP usage is crucial to compliance, Parkway Sleep HealthCenters has developed a unique Sleep Apnea Management Program.
The program offers:
- Intensive patient education and counseling
- Monitoring for PAP usage problems and/or compliance issues (via downloadable PAP machines)
- Frequent contact that helps ensure patients are successful as they adjust to therapy
- Making patients aware when they are due for new supplies. Replacing Equipment Checklist.
- PAP-NAPs (technically known as “CPAP detestation”), or short naps under the guidance of our experienced sleep technicians, are available for any patients experiencing ongoing problems
- Alternative treatments such as Provent Therapy, Dental appliances and surgery are also available
Parkway’s specially trained PAP specialists work with the patient throughout the entire process. The specialists ensure the highest possible compliance by monitoring the patient’s progress through clinic visits and phone calls. Progress reports are sent to the ordering physician to keep them informed.
Consistent daily PAP usage for sleep apnea patients is the key to maintaining good health and preventing the onset of more serious consequences such as:
- Systemic hypertension
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Neurocognitive dysfunction
- Myocardial infarction
- Increased mortality