Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

Sleep Treatment Options

CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is a device that is worn when you have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder. CPAP is the most common type of treatment for the sleep disorders obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. The CPAP device is prescribed by your St. Elizabeth pulmonologist based on the results of your sleep study.

The CPAP device is a nasal mask or face mask that is connected by tubing to a machine that sits at your bedside. The machine uses a continuous flow of air to help keep the upper airway from closing. Your sleep disorders team, comprised of respiratory therapists, polysomnographic technologists, and pulmonologists, will help you with your CPAP device. This includes helping you find the right fit and size CPAP mask and providing one-on-one education.

The CPAP device will help improve:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Quality of sleep
  • Overall quality of life

Most patients also report a decrease in headaches associated with their sleep disorder and an increase in their energy level.

If you are prescribed a CPAP by your pulmonologist, it is important that you use it. Not wearing your CPAP device puts you at risk for:

  • Heart attacks
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Heart arrhythmias

The St. Elizabeth Sleep Disorders Center will be able to help make sure you feel comfortable with your CPAP device. Our goal is to make sure you have a good night’s sleep every night.

For additional support and information:

American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC)
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
American Sleep Apnea Association