It is thought that more than 30 million people in North America suffer from sleep disorders, but 80% remain undiagnosed and untreated. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder which is identified by pauses in breathing while a person is sleeping cause by airway collapse (the tongue and soft palate). This is often, but not always, accompanied by snoring. OSA can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, restless sleep, headaches and migraines, and night-time trips to the bathroom plus many other symptoms.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is the most common, and currently the best, treatment for OSA. Pressurized air is pumped from a CPAP machine to the user through a hose to the mask which is worn on the face. This pressure helps keep the airway from collapsing and breathing is not restricted.
Getting used to a CPAP mask and machine can take some time. Finding a mask that feels good, and does not irritate the face is very important. Most user complaints are related to poor mask fit. Therefore, the best way to ensure that you get a mask that is going to work for you is to have it professionally fitted. Our office has two CPAP fitting rooms that each feature a bed. We feel that lying down to fit your mask gives your the best idea of how it might feel when you are in your own bed a home.