Board Certified Sleep Medicine & Addiction Specialist located in Wake Forest, NC
The continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine helps people with obstructive sleep apnea breathe better while they sleep. If you have a sleep apnea diagnosis or suspect you or your loved one may have the dangerous sleep disorder, Jamila Battle, MD, at RestWell in Wake Forest, North Carolina, can help. As a board-certified sleep medicine physician, she uses one of the most advanced methods in sleep disorder testing and treatment, including the CPAP machine or oral appliance, to improve your sleep and health. To learn more, call the office or book an appointment online today.
CPAP Q & A
What is CPAP?
The continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is a type of durable medical equipment (DME) prescribed to treat sleep breathing disorders like obstructive sleep apnea.
During CPAP therapy, you wear a mask that covers your nose or your nose and mouth while you sleep. Your mask attaches to the CPAP machine, which blows air into your nose or mouth and keeps your throat open.
Who needs CPAP?
When you visit RestWell for a sleep disorder evaluation, Dr. Battle conducts an in-depth history and physical, as well as sleep testing and sleep studies, to determine if you would benefit from CPAP therapy.
She also offers second opinions for those already diagnosed with sleep apnea and provides therapy recommendations based on her findings.
You may need a CPAP machine if you have moderate to severe sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which you stop and start breathing periodically throughout the night while you sleep.
The sleep disorder may increase your risk of depression, heart problems, or diabetes.
What are the benefits of CPAP?
CPAP therapy is the most effective non-surgical treatment for sleep apnea. Dr. Battle recommends CPAP therapy for patients with sleep apnea because it offers many health benefits, including:
- Improvements in quality and quantity of nighttime slumber
- A decrease in daytime sleepiness
- Better blood pressure numbers
- Lower risk of heart problems
People who regularly use their CPAP machines are also less likely to develop depression.
What can I expect with my CPAP machine?
Dr. Battle provides individualized CPAP treatment plans that include air pressure settings and when and how to use the machine. To get the most benefits from your CPAP therapy, you must use your machine whenever you’re sleeping.
It may take you some time to get comfortable sleeping with your CPAP mask. Dr. Battle schedules regular follow-up appointments to track your progress and make adjustments to your mask or equipment to improve your comfort level.
You should notice improvements in your sleep and daytime sleepiness soon after starting CPAP therapy.
You need to clean your mask and tube every day and replace them as prescribed to continue to gain the most benefits.
The CPAP machine can help you get a better night’s rest. To learn more about CPAP, call RestWell, or request an appointment online today.
If you are seeking telemedicine services for a sleep issue you’re ready to put to bed then, please send us a message in the Klara message box to learn more.
Please request an appointment through the “request appointment” button then fill out the patient intake form, which is available in the Klara portal upon request. Upon completion of an intake, the doctor will either offer an appointment if your sleep issue is appropriate for her virtual practice or she will make recommendations for in person practices.