The most effective OSA treatment
Once a patient has been diagnosed with sleep apnoea, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the recommended treatment. A CPAP machine prevents a patient’s upper airway from collapsing during sleep by providing a flow of air through the nose and/or mouth using a specialised mask.
The mask is a crucial aspect of CPAP therapy. There are three types of CPAP masks:
Nasal – fits over the nose, covering the areas from the bridge of the nose down to the upper lip. Ideal for users who breathe strictly through their noses.
Nasal pillow (nasal direct and under the nose) – smallest of the CPAP masks, resting on the user’s upper lip as it blows pressurized air through two soft nasal tubes that insert into the nostrils creating a seal around the base of the nostrils, and is secured by straps that go around the head.
Full face – covering the nose and mouth these masks are ideal for mouth-breathers and those that haven’t worked well with the nasal mask/chinstrap combination.
The unique needs of each patient will influence which mask will be most suitable.
– Dreamwear full face mask
– Dreamwear gel pillows
Explaining how a CPAP machine works and the benefits it has for OSA-affected patients is the most important step in ensuring successful treatment. Not only will CPAP improve a patient’s snoring, but it will improve their health and quality of life.
Life with therapy
Adjusting to therapy
The best in CPAP
APSS is the only pharmacy-based sleep apnoea program which offers pharmacies and patients access to all the market leading brands including: