Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a CPAP?
See your physician and describe your symptoms in detail, such as snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, waking up gasping for air, and so on. Your sleep partner sometimes is the best one who can describe what happens with you at night while sleeping, so ask them as well. The physician then refers you to a sleep lab to determine if you are suffering from OSA. The physician will review the test results and if it is positive for OSA, we will provide you with the necessary sleep device.
What is CPAP therapy?
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and is the most efficient treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The CPAP machine provides a constant pressure in the airway sort of like an airway splint. This pressure is determined during a sleep study and is administered through a mask and tubing or other comfort options. The therapy eliminates your apnea problem so you can have a restful sleep.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is repeated episodes of upper airway collapse. In some people the muscles in the airway tend to narrow while sleeping and often collapse. This causes you to partially wake up, sometimes gasping for air so you can breathe again. These events are called apneas and can occur hundreds of time at night. You will feel unrested and have daytime sleepiness. Untreated OSA can lead to other health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack.
What kind of oxygen testing can be performed in a physician's office?
Typically, when seeing your physician to qualify for home oxygen, your oxygen saturation must be at or below 88% at rest, without oxygen.
However, if your at-rest oxygen saturation is above 88%, you may be tested while exercising.
If it then falls to 88% or below, your physician will place you on oxygen while exercising, hopefully showing an improvement in your saturation.