One of the most common types of therapy for obstructive sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Simple in its concept, the CPAP device sends a gentle, steady stream of air through the nose and into the back of the pharyngeal cavity. The pressure delivered by the device prevents the collapse and blockage of the tracheal wall and soft palate thereby maintaining a patent airway.
Without proper guidance and encouragement, patients can easily become overwhelmed, even frustrated, ultimately resulting in poor compliance. Because various published studies have indicated that the first month of CPAP usage is crucial to compliance, Sleep Dynamics has developed a unique management program. The program offers intensive patient counseling and education, monitoring for problems and compliance and follow-up for a full year. Sleep Dynamics’s specially trained CPAP counselors work with the patient throughout the entire process. During the year, the counselors ensure the highest possible compliance by monitoring the patient’s progress through clinic visits and phone calls. Progress reports are sent to the ordering physician to keep them informed.
CPAP compliance for sleep apnea patients is the key to maintaining good health and preventing the onset of more serious consequences such as: