What is CPAP?

CPAP is the gold standard of treatment for a person suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea. CPAP is a machine that provides a gentle flow of air pressure through a mask to keep the airways open during sleep.

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How does CPAP work?

CPAP works by pushing air into your airways to keep it open. The CPAP holds the airway open so that it does not collapse and therefore prevent you from having apnoeic events.

How does CPAP work

Do I need a CPAP machine?

If you have been diagnosed with severe sleep apnoea then the best treatment for you is a CPAP machine.

However it is essential that you do not have an obstructed nose as the air from the CPAP cannot pass through a nose that is obstructed. The best way to find this out is to let us take a scan of your airways. You may feel that your nose is fine but if it is obstructed you will not be able to tolerate the machine and it is a waste of your money to buy one.

How can the CPAP machine help me?

You can alleviate most of the signs and symptoms of sleep apnoea  with a CPAP machine, such as

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Tiredness
  • Morning headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Decreased libido or impotence
  • Depression and anxiety

Are there any other options apart from CPAP to treat my sleep apnoea?

Yes there a few other things you can try

  1. Lifestyle changes: lifestyle changes may include such things as

    • Avoiding alcohol and any sedating medications
    • Losing weight
    • Avoiding sleeping on your back
    • Adding an extra pillow
    • Using a nasal spray such as Fess to clear the nasal passages

  2. Oral Appliances: There are a variety of appliances on the market but our centre predominantly uses Somnomed appliances as they are the Gold Standard appliances around the world and are backed by research.
  3. Surgery:  Surgery may include removal of tonsils and adenoids, nasal surgery (to remove nasal polyps, reduce the turbinates that may have enlarged, deviated septum), UPPP, Laser assisted uvuloplasty, radiofrequency ablation. An ENT surgeon in our team will discuss what is the most appropriate for you.

What are the risks of not treating my sleep apnoea?

Your symptoms will get worse and ultimately lead to

  • Hypertension
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Depression and anxiety

Why can’t I tolerate my CPAP machine 

Generally the most common reason for not being able to tolerate the CPAP machine is nasal obstruction. Please let us evaluate you and we will be able to help.


Please call our centre on 02 9264 9120 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to discuss your problem.

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