Many people wonder how effective is CEPAP (CPAP) for Sleep Apnea.  Unless there is a deviated septum or nasal anatomic disorders CPAP has a 100% success rate in treating the apnea and snoring associated with sleep apnea.  It is not a cure however it does allow sleep and oxygen saturations healthy for one’s body which is saying a lot.

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The question is about snoring and intervals of sleep apnea in relation to when to use surgery.  CPAP is the therapy of choice since its invention stopping the need for snoring surgery by being able to treat the sleep apnea non-invasively.

BiPAP  (Bi-level positive airway pressure) is used with Central Sleep Apnea and sometimes a combination with Central Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. BiPAP is also used with COPD patients as it is easier from them to breath out against a lower air pressure.  BiPAP can also be set with a back up rate set lower than the patient’s respiratory rate.

Central Sleep Apnea may be associated and include with following conditions: Neurological diseases, Kidney failure, Hypothyroid disease, Congestive heart failure and also brain stem damage through stroke or some other injury.

Snoring is more common with obstructive sleep apnea due to the tissue vibration.  CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) is almost always been shown to be the therapy of choice.  When others in the house hear you snoring through a closed door you know it is time to get checked by your physician.

CPAP does not have a back up respiratory rate set.  CPAP is to keep the airway open through continuous airway pressure.  CPAP machines can have a ramp setting to make it easier to use as the pressure increases slowly allowing the patient to adjust to the constant flow of air.

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So the first step in any type of therapy is to determine the cause and to treat the underlying cause while relieving the apnea through direction from your physician.

In 2010 it was estimated that over 18 million people with obstructive sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea’s most accurate diagnosis is performed in a sleep lab where the patient sleeps while being monitored overnight.

A variety of specialists, including pulmonologists, ear, nose and throat doctors, neurologists, surgeons and dentists, treat sleep apnea. The most accurate diagnoses are performed in a sleep lab, where the patient goes to sleep overnight while being monitored.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends patients to get another sleep study once a year or when lifestyle changes occur, to ensure that optimum therapeutic levels are maintained.

One more point to remember is to check with your physician and pharmacist before taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs with your CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) to avoid any negative reactions.

When you go out of town take your CPAP or BIPAP machine with you because every time your airway is obstructed and you oxygen drops your heart, brain, lungs and out systems are strained.  Also make sure you take your prescription along with you when going out of town.  As pictured towards the top of this post there are carry bags for all your CPAP supplies.

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Rebecca Beggs is a Former Registered Respiratory Home Care Practitioner now living in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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