Sleep testing on positive airway pressure may be ordered for many reasons, but a new diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common.
A positive airway pressure sleep test gives a patient experience with sleeping with pressure, a chance to try one or more types of masks and how the night affects the next day. The sleep physician benefits by being able to identify the best pressure or pressures for you, the type of machine that your condition requires and if there are any additional sleep disorders present.
Most people who are found to have obstructive sleep apnea during their sleep study will need to be scheduled for a separate CPAP titration study. The CPAP titration study is performed to measure the effect of breathing air at a slightly higher pressure. The most common form of this test uses constant positive pressure (CPAP). While you sleep our technicians will monitor your measurements for obstructive apnea and gradually increase the amount of pressure to control the obstructions.
Testing your sleep on PAP
The sleep test with CPAP is very similar to a diagnostic sleep test. The only difference is that you will be breathing room air at a slightly higher pressure through a special mask. Before the test is started the sleep technician will assist you in selecting a mask to wear. All of the sensors used during your first study will be used again in addition to the mask.
The sleep technicians are experienced professionals who have assisted hundreds of individuals with choosing a mask. They will guide your selection. If you have serious worries about wearing a mask during sleep, let the Sleep Center staff know and be sure to tell your sleep technician the night of your study.