Obstructive Sleep Apnea and CPAP

Friday, August 29, 2014

Continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, is the most effective nonsurgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. It is the first treatment choice and the most widely used. Dr. Edward Hill discusses testosterone and its role in a males body in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disease of repetitive airway closure during sleep causing sleep disruption.

The constant interruption of sleep, particularly over long periods of time, can cause multiple problems including excessive daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, heart problems and even stroke.

Continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, is the main therapy at this time to improve sleep apnea. The mechanism of CPAP is to blow open the airway and keep it open throughout the breathing cycle.

A CPAP titration sleep study is performed to assess exactly what pressure is the best at keeping the airway open and eliminating snoring.

Wearing a CPAP may be difficult for many people with obstructive sleep apnea, but there are different masks and humidifier settings that can be adjusted to make the user comfortable.

The most important thing is to wear the CPAP device every night. Studies have shown that most patients who wear their CPAP device at least six hours per night have improved daytime sleepiness, memory and daily functioning.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.