Sleep study (CPAP)
More than 45% of all adults snore periodically and 25% regularly, which results in sleep difficulties for many people. Snoring is a simple phenomenon that can develop into a complicated issue. When you sleep the muscle in the throat relaxes which leads to the soft palate partially blocking the respiratory passages. When breathing through your mouth or nose the air tries to pass through the blockage and this becomes the source of the noise known as snoring. Increased blockage to the respiratory passage leads to worse snoring and of course increased irritation for those in your surroundings.
Obstructive sleep apnoea
Snoring can be an indication of a more severe health state called obstructive sleep apnoea. Obstructive sleep apnoea is when the respiratory passages are completely blocked, which implies respiratory arrest occurs during sleep and the blood is not oxygenated correctly.
It is therefore important that a complete medical examination and sleep study is performed in order to evaluate your snoring (see the chapter about sleep study). After this examination we can together with our specialist discuss which treatments are suitable for you, in order to provide yourself (and your partner) a healthy and more comfortable night’s sleep in the future.
When undergoing a sleep study a sleep study machine is loaned for a day (see price list for cost). The sleep study machine is easy to use. The machine registers your sleep during the night and any potential respiratory arrests. You return the machine to the clinic the next day for data examination. At the consultation you will go over the results together. The physician will examine your nose, throat etc and provide you with thorough information about your requirements.
CPAP is a breathing mask and a machine which is used every time you sleep. For most this is not a problem, but for some it takes awhile getting used to. Today the machine is very small and ones night sleep is not disturbed since it is silent. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and applies a continuous over pressure to the respiratory passage during sleep minimising/eliminating respiratory arrests. The pressure is prescribed and tested for you, here at the clinic by an ear-nose-throat specialist. Results are often seen very fast, evident in restored breathing and correct oxygenation to the blood, as well as restored sleep. Most feel more rested and considerably more energetic. If the sleep study finds that you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and you are not suitable for radio surgery, we offer CPAP.