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By Pacific Sleep Program
June 01, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: cpap  

Learn more about how CPAP works to manage your sleep apnea symptoms and help you sleep better.cpap

Do you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea? Have you been diagnosed by one of our Portland, OR, sleep medicine specialists Dr. Gerald Rich, Dr. Radhika Breaden or Dr. Gregory Clark? If so, then you may be wondering how to manage your condition to reduce symptoms and to get a better night’s sleep. In most cases, CPAP therapy can help.

What is CPAP therapy?

CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, is a machine that directs continuous airflow and pressure into the throat to prevent the airways from collapsing. CPAP offers different mask styles and sizes to cater to people’s individual needs. Our Portland, OR, sleep doctor can help you choose the facemask that will provide you with the results you need to sleep better.

How does it work?

Once we have conducted a sleep study to determine that you have obstructive sleep apnea, the next step is to make sure that CPAP is the best treatment option. It does tend to be the most common treatment used for relieving sleep apnea symptoms.

In most cases, patients will need to come back in for a follow-up to ensure that the CPAP machine is providing them with the proper treatment they need. It’s also important for us to calibrate the machine’s air pressure to make sure that your airways are remaining open while you sleep.

Once we have provided you with CPAP equipment, it’s important that you use it every night. Even if you feel great and aren’t experiencing symptoms such as daytime exhaustion this doesn’t mean you should stop using it. There is no cure for sleep apnea, but CPAP can help eliminate loud snoring and prevent obstructions in breathing. Plus, it can reduce your risk of developing other health issues such as heart disease and high blood pressure, which are conditions often linked to those with untreated sleep apnea.

Pacific Sleep Program in Portland, OR, is ready to help you get your sleep apnea under control. Whether you’ve already been diagnosed or you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, give us a call today to schedule an appointment with us and find out how we can help.

By Pacific Sleep Program
December 16, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: sleep apnea   cpap  

Learn more about CPAP technology and how it could improve your sleep apnea symptoms.

Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Are you experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea but you aren’t sure whether or not you cpaphave it? If so, our Portland and Astoria, OR, sleep medicine doctors are here to help. Sleep apnea requires proper treatment in order to get a quality night’s sleep and also to ward off health complications. Find out more about CPAP and how it improves your sleep apnea symptoms.

CPAP is the most common treatment for sleep apnea, so, chances are, once our sleep specialists have diagnosed you with sleep apnea, we will also discuss whether CPAP therapy is the best course of action for treating your sleep disorder.

Once you start using your CPAP, it’s important to note that everyone responds differently and there certainly is an adjustment period, particularly because you will wear a mask over your face in order to have controlled air delivered through your mouth to prevent tissues in the throat from collapsing. Of course, if you do have any challenges along the way, our Portland and Astoria sleep doctors are here to help make the transition easier.

Why is CPAP therapy necessary?

Many people with sleep apnea may not have really even known that they had this condition or suspected that their symptoms were due to sleep apnea. Fortunately, now that we are able to pinpoint the problem, the solution will most likely be CPAP. While it might take some time to adjust, it’s important to understand why you are using a CPAP machine.

Those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more prone to high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. However, when people consistently use CPAP therapy, they can greatly reduce their chances of any of these health problems. It can even prevent patients from potentially needing to take high blood pressure medication.

Plus, you will feel a great deal of energy in the morning. For anyone who wakes up sluggish and exhausted because of their sleep apnea, they will immediately find that getting up in the morning is significantly easier and that they have so much more energy throughout the day than they ever thought possible.

When will I start to notice a reduction in my sleep apnea symptoms?

For many people battling sleep apnea, they often find that they deal with severe exhaustion and fatigue. Fortunately, many patients report experiencing relief from these symptoms as soon as they start CPAP therapy, with the maximum effect happening around the 2-week mark.

Pacific Sleep Program in Portland and Astoria, OR, is dedicated to giving you a good night’s rest. Don’t let sleep apnea affect your daily life. Enjoy waking up refreshed. If you want to find out how to treat your sleep apnea effectively, give us a call today.