Successful treatment of your sleep apnea can make you feel more alert and improve your relationship, work performance and quality of life. With Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy you could feel results within the first few nights.
CPAP therapy is the “gold standard” and the most common treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)1, the most common form of sleep apnea. CPAP therapy treats OSA from mild to severe cases. If you are intolerant to CPAP, mandibular advancement device (MAD) can be used as an alternative therapy. Where sleep apnea is caused by the shape of your mouth or airways, it may be treated surgically by removing tissue from the inside of your mouth and throat but the risks make it a last resort for those for whom CPAP is undesirable.
CPAP consists of a flow generator that pumps air into a mask you wear while sleeping. The air pressure in your throat supports your airway and keeps the path to your lungs open.
Patients usually report that CPAP therapy improves their lifestyle dramatically.
Being able to breathe properly should improve your sleep – leaving you feeling refreshed in the morning. This should improve your partners sleep too, with potential improvements to your relationship.
You only wear the CPAP mask during sleep and manufacturers go to great lengths to make the masks as comfortable as possible. Small, travel-sized CPAP products are also available.
CPAP therapy is a treatment, not a cure, for OSA. To be beneficial, CPAP must be used every time you sleep and you may find adjusting to CPAP difficult in the first few days or weeks. Air Liquide Healthcare’s therapy programs are designed to give you the additional support you need at the beginning of your therapy.
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MAD fits in your mouth over the upper and lower teeth to move your jaw forward, causing your lower teeth to be in front of the upper teeth. This forward placement therefore widens the airway, thus reducing the air resistance that leads to snoring. It should be worn nightly and it has been proven to be effective for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
There are several types of MAD including:
Intended Purpose: A mandibular splint which repositions the lower jaw slightly forward, thereby freeing the respiratory pathway.
The biggest challenge you may find with CPAP therapy is some embarrassment or initial discomfort using the device and wearing the mask. This usually goes away once you realise how much better you feel after sleeping with CPAP. It is important not to be inconsistent or to abandon the therapy before you experience the benefit.
Air Liquide Healthcare’s therapy support programs are carefully designed to support you at the start of your treatment, when you need the most advice and assistance.
Later we will follow-up regularly to check that your mask still fits comfortably and your therapy is still performing well. Research shows that this kind of support will give you the best chance of a good result with your CPAP therapy.
Our 20 years of experience providing excellent service to CPAP patients has allowed us to build long, established, relationships with leading CPAP equipment manufacturers. This gives you choices in our clinics that are not available in locations that deal exclusively with one supplier. All our therapy programs are fully compliant with the Australasian Sleep Association guidelines.
Another benefit of our close support in the early stages of your CPAP therapy is to identify when CPAP is not working for you so that we can advise you to talk to your doctor about other therapies.
The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality and even your weight.
Air LiquideHealthcare has developed My Vitality Club®, a website dedicated to your CPAP therapy. Your doctor also has access to My Vitality Club Pro® where they can see your records, therapy reports and even your notes about your therapy. Your doctor uses this to assess all their Air Liquide Healthcare patients and can even use the system to collaborate with other doctors.