If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we will arrange for a specialist to visit you within 48 hours. They may meet you at their office, your home, at work, at a sleep center, or at the DOT physicianвЂ™s office.
They will show you a device called an auto-PAP (short for auto-titrating positive airway pressure device). You may have also heard the term CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). The auto-PAP or CPAP is a device that provides a stream of fresh air to you through a mask that you wear over your nose or nose and mouth while you are sleeping. This air flow keeps your airway open and allows you to breathe normally instead of snoring and gasping for breath. By allowing you to breathe normally, you will get the proper sleep and the rest that you deserve.
A PAP Specialist who specializes in fitting patients with the most appropriate therapy will show you all the parts of the PAP device and explain exactly how it works. Each auto-PAP device records how often and for how long you use the device each night. Your PAP Specialist will help monitor how well you are breathing while you sleep. We will be able to see if you have any problems and we will call you to make sure everything is okay.
Using PAP can be difficult at first and most patients struggle for the first day or two. This is completely normal and we will help you get through this short period of adjustment. Once you are using your device for at least 4 hours every time you sleep, you will feel a great deal better.
Not only will you be less likely to feel drowsy while youвЂ™re driving, youвЂ™ll be successfully managing your sleep apnea!