Like a lot of things in life, knowing what to expect can make you feel settled. We’ve outlined a step by step guide to put you at ease while you embark on CPAP therapy. Our treatment journey is straightforward; we have broken it down simply so you are totally clear on what to expect.
What is the Apnea Health Treatment Journey?
Step 1: After meeting with the respirologist, we will give you a 90-minute appointment with a respiratory therapist (RT) to begin treatment.
Step 2: During the CPAP setup, your RT will present a selection of CPAP devices and encourage you to manipulate and listen to them. In addition, you will test a series of masks in our sleep lab until you are comfortable. When we say we take time with you, we mean it. If you are not satisfied with your mask or your CPAP device, we will try other material until we get it right. Our goal is to help you to sleep better and to improve the quality of your life.
Step 3: Apnea Health will provide ongoing support with scheduled appointments and an open-door policy should you require assistance immediately. If you are experiencing trouble, we encourage you to drop in to your local clinic, and our receptionist will ensure that you are seen by a respiratory therapist (RT). If the RT cannot solve the issue or a change of prescription is required, he or she will consult with the respirologist (sleep doctor) for guidance.
How is OSA Treated?
CPAP is the most effective treatment for OSA. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Thousands of Canadians use it every time they sleep. CPAP consists of a gentle stream of air that is directed through the airway during sleep allowing the airway to remain open and therefore, prevent apnea. This results in a more restful sleep.
Depending on the severity of your OSA, the respirologist may recommend alternative treatments, such as:
- Lifestyle changes: weight loss, avoiding alcohol and sedatives
- Dental appliances
- Positional therapy
What is Apnea Health's approach to CPAP therapy?
Patient-centered care guides our practices at Apnea Health. From the get-go, your respiratory therapist (RT) will take time to inform and educate you regarding CPAP therapy so that you may be involved in the decision-making. We have found that patients have their own unique preferences and that the best outcomes occur when patients get involved in their treatment.
What is a trial period?
We will rent you a CPAP for a trial period. We understand that this can be a difficult time for you as you are adjusting to sleeping with CPAP. This is a time to resolve possible technical issues, such as, air pressure and mask, as well as emotional issues, such as acceptance. You may have to cope with the reactions of your partner or the perceived reactions. You are encouraged to contact your local Apnea Health clinic as soon as possible to speak with your clinician or to schedule an appointment with him or her.
Do we accept patients from other clinics?
Yes, many of our patients hail from other clinics. Our medical professionals are here to help you on your journey to restful sleep. Please call us to learn about machine verifications, downloads, treatment options, mask fittings or replacement parts.
Who is trained in administering CPAP?
In Quebec, respiratory therapists (RTs) and nurses are qualified to administer CPAP therapy. At Apnea Health, we go a step further by training our team of RTs and nurses in sleep technology, so they are better able to educate and guide the patient to a better night’s sleep.
What are the benefits of CPAP therapy?
One obvious benefit for those who keep their partner or family awake at night is the elimination of snoring. Snoring is simply the sound produced by the vibration of the tissues in the throat. CPAP acts like a stent, keeping the airway open and eliminating the vibration.
Another clear benefit is waking up refreshed and better able to concentrate during the day. CPAP can improve your overall quality of life and relationship with your loved ones and your co-workers.
Other health benefits can include:
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes
- Less stress on your heart and cardiovascular system
- Reduce likelihood of stroke
- Reduction or elimination of depression and anxiety