CPAP Titration Study
After months, well truth be told, years, you finally visited a physician to find out why you were plagued with chronic fatigue and daytime concentration issues despite sleeping 8 hours every night. A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea was confirmed after a sleep study was performed. OSA occurs due to an obstruction in one’s airway, which prevents proper breathing while a sufferer sleeps.
Depending upon severity, traditional treatment for OSA is often continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. The next step so treatment can begin is a second study that will calibrate the ideal pressure for one’s CPAP machine, which is called a CPAP titration study. Determining the best pressure is important as with CPAP therapy the right amount will allow the airway to remain open and not obstructed.
Occasionally, during the time of the initial sleep lab test a CPAP titration study can be performed, which is known as a split-night sleep study. During the first half of the night, sleep is analyzed for apnea episodes, or the number of instances where breathing ceases within any given hour. If it is obvious that the severity of a person’s sleep apnea is severe, a CPAP titration study is carried out during the second half of the night.
CPAP titration is usually done in a sleep lab. There are also instances in which the titration study can occur in the comfort of one’s home. In a comparison of sleep lab vs. in-home CPAP titration, research published in Sleep determined that studies in either location were equally effective in determining the best pressure levels to treat a person’s OSA.
What to expect
During a CPAP titration study, the following will occur:
- Best fit of the CPAP mask is determined
- Sensors will be placed, similar to what occurred during the first sleep study
- During the test, air pressure will be changed by the sleep tech, which will start out low and increase gradually until the best pressure is determined
After the results are analyzed, the physician will contact you and coordinate getting your CPAP machine to you so therapy can be started at home. Over the first couple of months, the air pressure for your CPAP machine might need to be tweaked depending on usage and the results the OSA sufferer is experiencing.
If you or someone you know has OSA, learn how you can be treated with non-surgical and surgical options. Contact one of our medical concierges today at 1-855-863-4537 or schedule a free consultation when it’s convenient for you.