Most Advanced CPAP Therapy for Sleep Apnea
There are two types of sleep apneas – obstructive and central. In obstructive sleep apnea, air does not flow in and out of the nose or mouth despite efforts to keep breathing. In central sleep apnea, the brain fails to tell the airway muscles to keep breathing.
Regardless of the type of sleep apnea, University Hospitals offers patients the most advanced continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy available.
The CPAP machine has changed dramatically since it first became available in 1981. And University Hospitals sleep specialists have the most advanced options available. We work with quiet, lightweight machines and comfortable CPAP masks, including some made with memory foam.
Yet even with these advancements, not everyone is immediately successful with CPAP therapy. That is why we also provide CPAP adjustments, including:
- A variety of CPAP masks, including a nose mask or nasal pillow
- Adjustments to heat and humidity for patients with sinus congestion
- Pressure modifications
Our Specialists Won’t Give Up on Your Sleep
Sometimes even with adjustments, CPAP therapy doesn’t work. At University Hospitals, we’re committed to exploring CPAP alternate treatments, including:
- Consulting with one of our specialists about INSPIRE therapy, a system that delivers nerve stimulation to airway muscles. INSPIRE therapy keeps airways open overnight and does not require a mask. It involves a surgical procedure to implant a device similar to a pacemaker.
- Referring mild to moderate sleep apnea patients to one of our dental sleep specialists. They can fit patients for an oral appliance to improve night-time breathing.
- Asking our bariatric team to discuss weight loss strategies or bariatric surgery for significantly overweight patients.
Why We Treat Sleep Apnea
Left untreated, sleep apnea is a serious, life-threatening condition. Sleep apnea side effects include:
- Quality of life: Apnea sufferers tend to be tired and sleepy throughout the day, unable to function well. They also exhibit poor memory and concentration.
- Cardiovascular system: According to sleep studies, men from 40 to 70 years of age who have sleep apnea have higher mortality rates. Others risk having atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias. Evidence suggests those who use CPAP therapy and resolve their sleep apnea lower their cardiovascular risk back to normal.
- Driving: Studies show people with sleep apnea are more likely to have motor vehicle accidents. Successful CPAP therapy lowers the risk.
- Life partners: Sleep apnea can negatively affect the health of a spouse or life partner as well. Some develop insomnia or other sleeping disorders. We treat sleep apnea patients so that both they and their partners can enjoy the best sleep possible.