“Over 70 million Americans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness with 2 million of those being children. An estimated 10 million Americans remain undiagnosed.”
CPAP for Sleep Disorders
If your doctor recommends you try a CPAP, the Alabama Sleep Clinic is the best clinic to give you all of the services and support you need. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and it's one of the most common and effective treatments for sleep apnea.
What exactly is a CPAP?
CPAP is a mask that you wear while you’re asleep, attached to tubing and a lightweight pump that gently pushes air into the mask. The CPAP machine works by pulling air in from the room and pushing it through long, flexible and lightweight tubing into the mask. The mask fits over your nose and mouth and is held in place by a soft elastic band. The pump forces air into the mask, but not into your lungs. Instead, the air in the mask creates more pressure inside the mask than outside in your bedroom. The increased air pressure holds your airway open and lets you breathe normally while you’re sleeping. Any extra air in the mask flows out of the mask through vents. Often, people who use CPAC devices will wake up feeling more rested and refreshed. Think of CPAP not as a ventilator, but a way to keep your airway open by using air pressure.
Is it hard to get used to wearing a CPAP?
Some people take to CPAP like a “fish to water,” but some never seem to adjust well. If your doctor recommends that you try a CPAP, start with an open mind! Most people experience an adjustment phase lasting days, weeks, and sometimes months. If you’re willing to take the time to get used to wearing a CPAP while you’re asleep, you can tremendously improve the quality of your sleep.
Will the Alabama Sleep Clinic help me adjust to a CPAP?
There are some side effects and other issues that may affect your tolerance of CPAP. However, our doctors and clinic staff can usually help you address these issues and allow you to get the most benefit from a CPAP device. Here at the Alabama Sleep Clinic we created the CPAP Clinic to help you adjust to wearing and sleeping soundly with your CPAP.
How is a CPAP adjusted just for me?
We have a huge variety of sleep mask styles and sizes so we can find one that is comfortable for you. If your doctor recommends that you try a CPAP, our CPAP Clinic staff will fit you for your CPAP mask and give you advice on getting used to wearing it. Then, you'll participate in a second sleep study. This time, you'll actually wear a CPAP while you're sleeping. A technician will make adjustments while you're asleep and see if the CPAP stops any sleep apnea or snoring symptoms. If you need any further adjustments to your mask, the CPAP Clinic staff will be happy to help you.
Where do I get CPAP parts?
The CPAP Clinic has all of the CPAPC supplies you need.
What if I have trouble with my CPAP?
If you need to come back for minor adjustments or have trouble with your CPAP, you don't need to make an appointment to see your doctor, just make an appointment to visit the CPAP Clinic. Visits to the clinic are free, with no co-pays for insurance required. We're your one-stop-shop for anything related to your CPAP. Don't hesitate to ask for help if you have any problems, questions, or concerns about your CPAP!