Sleep Apnea is a condition characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. A sleep study can help the doctor determine whether you have sleep disordered breathing which includes obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and how much pressure to prescribe. CPAP/BIPAP not only helps people get a good night's rest and avoid daytime fatigue and drowsiness, but can prevent serious conditions such as coronary artery disease-hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease and heart attack . You will have more energy to do the things you like to do, wake up feeling more refreshed and alert!

Most cases of sleep apnea may require CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). This common and effective treatment provides pressure to the person's airway through a machine that blows air. The airflow from the CPAP machine is delivered through a mask that fits on the face and covers the nose, or the nose and mouth. This air acts as a splint to keep the airway open during sleep, allowing breathing to become more regular. Snoring stops and restful sleep is restored.

Most clients with sleep apnea can be successfully treated with CPAP. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe BIPAP instead of CPAP for obstructive sleep apnea. BIPAP, (pronounced "BI-PAP") is short for bi-level positive airway pressure. The function of the BIPAP machine is the same as CPAP; however, it provides two different levels of pressure. There is a higher pressure provided when you are breathing in. A lower pressure is provided when you are breathing out. This mimics normal breathing and can be more comfortable for some people.

Risk factors associated with untreated sleep apnea are greatly reduced when CPAP is used as prescribed by the doctor.


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