The recommended therapy for
moderate and severe Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is continuous
positive airway pressure (CPAP). This is delivered by a medical
air pump into a nasal or facial mask worn by the patient while
sleeping. CPAP dilates and supports the upper airway, preventing
its collapse, thus restoring normal breathing and uninterrupted
sleep. For many patients this therapy dramatically improves daytime
function and general health.
CPAP therapy requires some acclimatisation. Most patients adapt
well to the therapy, and those who do often experience a vast improvement
in quality of life.
The CPAP clinics are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Appointments
are by prior arrangement. Appointments can be arranged by contacting
the Sleep Clinic reception on 9346 2422.