The CMH Sleep Clinic provides non-invasive treatment for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder—people who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing dozens of times during sleep and may not breathe for as much as three-fourths of the night. When these non-breathing episodes reach 20 or 30 times a night, sleep apnea can even be life-threatening.
Symptoms of sleep apnea:
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). A CPAP unit delivers a continuous flow of air through the upper respiratory tract and acts as a stent, keeping the tissues from collapsing. The CPAP unit consists of a small air pressure generator connected by tubing to a snug-fitting nasal mask that is worn while sleeping.
Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi PAP). A similar device to the CPAP, bi-level positive airway pressure unit, or Bi PAP, delivers pressurized air flow only during inspiration (breathing in). A Bi PAP unit includes a nasal mask that is worn while sleeping.
CPAP and Bi PAP units are customized to the individual’s needs by our respiratory therapist. Proper fit of the nasal mask is necessary, and appropriate air pressure settings should be established for each individual. The units are portable and may be used when traveling.
If you’re having difficulty sleeping, waking up tired and napping during the day, talk to your physician about getting a referral to the CMH Sleep Clinic. The CMH Sleep Clinic will conduct an overnight sleep study to monitor and assess your breathing and the quality of your sleep. It may be the first step to once again enjoying a good night’s sleep.