If you have had a sleep study and been diagnosed with sleep apnoea, there are many treatment options available. Please bring a copy of your most recent sleep study to your appointment with Synergy Sleep so our qualified clinicians can assess the treatments options that are best suited for you.
Recommendations can vary from simple changes in sleeping habits, like maintaining lateral (side) sleep during the night, while others may be suitable for mandibular advancement splints (MAS), which brings your lower jaw forward to open your airway during sleep or expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) therapy, which is a small non-invasive one-way valve worn in your nostrils each night, to open the airways, although these are usually only suitable for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Lastly and the most popular, is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or automatic positive airway pressure (APAP).
Patients who had their sleep study in a sleep lab or a hospital and were diagnosed with sleep apnoea will have already had a titration (pressure test) or second night in a lab. These patients will have a prescription, which we will need to see before we can commence treatment. This prescription will tell us about the required settings for your CPAP machine. In most cases the prescription will recommend the type of machine and mask required for your therapy.
If you had a portable home study, either through us, or somewhere else and your results indicate you have sleep apnoea, the assessing sleep physician may recommend a CPAP trial. These recommendations will be recorded on your sleep study results, and Synergy Sleep will need a copy before we can commence treatment. If this is the case, during your CPAP trial we will monitor compliance and efficacy of your CPAP or APAP therapy. The trial period is usually two weeks to two months. We know how important choosing the right mask is, so we will help you choose the most suitable and comfortable mask, when we have conclusive results regarding your pressure titration, we will contact your referring sleep physician to approve the swap over to CPAP if required, however, some patients decide to stay APAP therapy instead of swapping over to CPAP.
There is a lot of information to learn when first starting on CPAP or APAP therapy, and you will initially require weekly follow up appointments to ensure you are on the right therapy. We will work with you until you are totally confident using CPAP/APAP and are able to monitor and manage your own therapy.
Remember, you will be the best judge if something is not quite right, so talk to us as soon as you suspect there might any issue that we need to investigate further.
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