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Sleep Disorders

PAP Nap

Continuous positive air pressure, or CPAP, is a useful and important treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, only about half of people who are prescribed CPAP therapy continue using the CPAP device a year after being diagnosed with OSA.

The CPAP device is designed to gently push air down the individual’s airway, pushing back the tissue that hangs in the throat and obstructs breathing. However, people who have been prescribed the therapy often report that they feel anxious about the device, that the CPAP mask causes them to feel claustrophobic or that they are otherwise having difficulty tolerating the therapy.

To help, the Tanner Center for Sleep Disorders offers “PAP naps.”

A Chance to Adjust

The PAP nap is essentially a short, daytime sleep study. The session is intended to help patients adjust to the therapy with help from a sleep technologist.

The sessions are short — usually just an hour or a little longer — and minimal bioelectrodes are used to provide a rudimentary level of monitoring for the technologist. The technologist can then work with the patient to make adjustments to his or her CPAP device and provide one-on-one assistance and encouragement.

After some counseling with the technologist, the patient can try again to sleep with the CPAP in place to ensure that he or she is more comfortable with the therapy.

The PAP nap can help patients overcome anxiety about the device and lead to better long-term compliance, which itself can lead to a lower risk for high blood pressure, heart failure, strokes and other potential complications that can stem from untreated OSA.

Call for More Information

Interested in learning more about a PAP nap at the Tanner Center for Sleep Disorders? Call 770.812.9146 or speak to your sleep medicine or primary care provider. PAP naps are available at the Tanner Center for Sleep Disorders locations in Carrollton and Villa Rica.

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