CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a highly effective frontline treatment method for obstructive sleep apnea. Prior to using a CPAP machine, you will probably have to undergo a sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram, in order to receive a proper diagnosis for sleep apnea. In many cases, CPAP treatment will come into play both during and after a patient undergoes a sleep study.
During a Polysomnogram
If our sleep apnea dentist in Los Angeles believes you might benefit from CPAP, you may undergo a split-night sleep study. The first half of this sleep study is dedicated to witnessing your symptoms without CPAP. If the sleep study shows you have sleep apnea, you will be fitted for a CPAP mask to wear for the rest of the night. The flow of pressurized air will be adjusted as you sleep to ensure optimal breathing quality.
After a Polysomnogram
Following your polysomnogram, if it is decided that you will benefit from CPAP treatment, you will be prescribed a specific type of CPAP machine at the correct settings. In most cases, health insurance companies will cover CPAP treatment.
For further questions or concerns about CPAP treatment, contact our expert in CPAP and sleep apnea oral appliance in Los Angeles.