Am I a Candidate for a CPAP Device?

Am I a Candidate for a CPAP Device?

If you have sleep apnea, chances are you’ve heard about continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines.

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which you stop breathing for short periods throughout the night while sleeping. This condition occurs because the muscles in the throat relax or misfire, which causes the airway to close. Your brain then wakes you briefly to kickstart your breathing once again.

Sleep apnea can cause many problems, from issues as minor as noisy breathing to serious health complications, such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and significant mental health disorders.

The good news is CPAP therapy can help combat sleep apnea. CPAP therapy, which sends a constant stream of air through your mouth into your lungs, stops your airway from collapsing, thus helping you breathe and sleep easier.

At Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine in Algonquin, Illinois, our sleep experts, Dennis Kellar, MD, and Madhu Gundavaram, MD, offer diagnostic testing and sleep medicine services for patients working to manage sleep disorders, including sleep apnea.

We’ve put together this short article to help you learn if you’re a candidate for this noninvasive therapy.  

Do I need a prescription for a CPAP machine? 

Yes! CPAP machines are medical devices that require a doctor’s prescription for several reasons. If you use a CPAP machine but don’t have sleep apnea or another condition that requires this type of therapy, it could be dangerous. In addition, CPAP machines must be set to the correct pressure, or they could cause more harm than good. 

So by getting a prescription, you make sure you actually need one, and you also make sure you get the correct pressure settings for your unique situation.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for a CPAP machine? 

Because CPAP machines are medical devices that require a prescription, only your medical provider can make the determination that you’re a candidate for CPAP therapy. However, if you know that certain criteria apply to you — such as the following — there’s a chance you could be a candidate:

On the other hand, you may not be a candidate for a CPAP machine if other criteria apply to you, such as the following:

If you suspect you have sleep apnea or a condition that could benefit from CPAP therapy, don’t wait to schedule a consultation with a breathing and sleep expert, such as the providers at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step in getting the treatment you need.   

To find out if you’re a candidate for CPAP therapy, call 815-770-5980 or book an appointment online with Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine today.

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