This is a type of in-lab sleep study, which has the purpose of accommodating and improving Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is used as a regular treatment to control breathing disorders that are sleep related such as hypoventilation, central sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and hypoxemia. If the individual happens to be examined and found positive for any of these disorders, it is most likely that a CPAP study will be done in order proceed with the appropriate treatment. In some instances the members of the team performing the treatment, may choose to do a CPAP titration study on the same night that the in-lab sleep study and this is known as a split-night sleep study.
What to expect
What can I assume is going to happen during this study is a common query from those experiencing it for the first time and it is a good one as well. Normally what happens, when the patient comes to the lab for the CPAP Titration appointment, one of the technicians on the sleep study team will help in finding them a mask that can be fitted comfortably. Its important that a right fit is found because if the mask is uncomfortable then the results are less likely to be accurate. There are three types of masks to choose from given patients preference; nasal pillows, full face or just nasal. After the right mask is found and fitted, it is subsequently connected to a machine that will begin to blow air through the tube that will eventually end up in the back of the throat. Seeing that observation is a key part of this process, sensors will be attached to the patients body so they can be monitored by doctors as they sleep.
What will happen afterwards?
After the CPAP Titration study is complete, the observations are recorded, tabulated and sent to the chief sleep medicine physician. The results will be examined and comparisons may be done based on the length of the study which can range from a few days to several weeks, to see what results on a particular day versus another. When all this is completed then the patient will be called in for another visit, where the physician will give him a summary of the findings and details if required. Steps will be made from there to prescribe treatment based on the titration study results.
It is not as rigorous as it may sound, seeing that the team working with the patient always does their best in order to ensure that the individual feels as comfortable as possible. Only in doing this will precise results be provided? With that, if you should find yourself in a position where you arent sleeping well at night because you are not breathing properly, it is strongly suggested that you visit your doctor to schedule an appointment so you get a CPAP titration examination done, so you can in the long run be able to sleep better.