Getting Used to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
Some patients feel fearful or anxious about wearing CPAP. If you are nervous about the machine, the technologist who does your diagnostic study may suggest you receive acclimation to CPAP.
The acclimation will be scheduled during the day. It generally takes about an hour to complete. The results of your diagnostic sleep study will be discussed as well as the reasons to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The technologist will answer your questions about sleep disorders.
Then, you will see the kinds of CPAP masks that are available and the technologist will fit you for a mask. The technologist will show you the CPAP machine and help you relax as you experience the pressure changes that CPAP provides.
The technologist will document your reaction to CPAP and give his or her recommendation about which mask you tolerated the best.
After the acclimation, you will then need to have a full night CPAP titration to determine the best pressure to treat your sleep apnea.
The results will be sent to your physician approximately 10 days after the study. Please schedule a follow-up appointment with your physician who ordered the study, unless otherwise indicated.