Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine Associates

Riverdale Office: 770-996-6699

Stockbridge Office: 770-506-0434
Stockbridge Sleep Center: 770-515-2044

Fayetteville Office: 770-692-9501
Fayetteville Sleep Center: 770-692-9501

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

Continuous positive airway pressure, also called CPAP, is a specialized therapy most commonly used for the treatment of sleep apnea. It involves wearing a mask during sleep, which covers the nose and/or the mouth, and delivers a continuous flow of air into the nose and throat. This "positive" air flow or pressure allows the airways to remain open so the patient can breathe regularly throughout sleep. The best pressure for you will be determined during the CPAP titration study.

Although some people may find the CPAP device cumbersome, CPAP therapy does work, if the patient uses the device correctly and on a regular basis. It decreases daytime sleepiness, lowers blood pressure, stops snoring, and can improve your ability to function both at home and at work. Some side effects you can experience are dry/ stuffy nose, facial irritation, and headaches. Most of these can be minimized or eliminated by making minor adjustments to the device, like adding a humidifier or adjusting the straps around the head for better comfort.

CPAP remains the most effective nonsurgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Don't hesitate to contact your doctor if you have any questions. Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition and you should make every effort to get yours under control.

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Three Convenient South Atlanta Offices

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Associates serves patients in the Southern Crescent of metro Atlanta. Patients are able to see our physicians in one of our three convenient office locations serving Fayette, Henry, Spalding, and Clayton counties.