New Daytime Sleep Study
Helps Sleep Apnea Patients Feel Comfortable Using At-Home Therapy
Some patients who are diagnosed with sleep apnea have difficulty using their prescribed Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy. A new service offered at OMC's Sleep Disorders Center can help patients feel more comfortable trying CPAP therapy and using the at-home therapy correctly.
What is it?
A "PAP Nap," or Abbreviated Cardio-Respiratory Sleep Study, is a daytime sleep study for patients who are hesitant to try CPAP therapy for their sleep apnea or who are currently having difficulty tolerating their home CPAP treatment due to pressure, mask discomfort, claustrophobia or anxiety.
How does it work?
Patients receive one-on-one coaching and re-education on CPAP use during the PAP Nap. They work with a sleep technician to try on several masks, insure a proper fit and make a personal selection. Once the mask is selected, the patient takes a short nap or rest while positive pressure is introduced. Sleeping isn't required, and patients are given a two-hour period to relax and acclimate to the therapy. A sleep technician teaches the patient relaxation techniques, such as mental imagery, breathing control exercises and other techniques to distract the patient from anxious or uncomfortable feelings with the mask or pressure.
Who is it for?
Patients who are hesitant to try CPAP therapy for their sleep apnea or are currently having difficulty tolerating their home CPAP treatment, and patients who are hesitant to schedule an in-lab sleep study.
How do you learn more or schedule?
Call the Olathe Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center at 913-791-4282.