Nocturnal Polysomnography with CPAP Titration at the Sleep Disorders Institute
If you’ve been diagnosed with a sleep-related breathing disorder, doctors can perform a sleep study to help determine the best course of treatment. This specific type of sleep study is called nocturnal polysomnography with CPAP titration and is commonly used for the following disorders:
- Obstructive sleep apnea – a partial or full blockage of air flowing through your upper airway
- Central sleep apnea – breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep
- Hypoventilation and hypoxemia – too little oxygen in the blood
During the sleep study, a series of electrodes will be attached to your scalp, face, chest and lower legs to monitor your breathing and other data indicators while you sleep. Next, something called a CPAP or a BiPAP device will be placed over your face. Then, you’ll be left alone to sleep in a private room that’s designed to look like a comfortable, furnished bedroom while your data are recorded.
What Are CPAP and BiPAP Devices?
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure, and BiPAP stands for intermittent positive airway pressure. These two devices are both used to treat sleep-related breathing disorders – the signs of which become more prevalent as you age, starting in your 30s. By sending pressurized air into your nasal passage throughout the night, they help keep your airway open, so that you can get the oxygen you need. As a result of using a CPAP or BiPAP device, you’ll be able to start enjoying more restful nights and improved overall health.
However, before a doctor can prescribe you a CPAP device, he or she will want to conduct a nocturnal polysomnography with CPAP titration. The sleep technician tests different air pressure levels while you sleep, which helps the doctor determine the appropriate pressure that will be most effective for you.
What to Expect the Day of Your Nocturnal Polysomnography with CPAP Titration
On the day of your sleep study at the Sleep Disorders Institute, be sure to follow any specific instructions given to you. Usually, you’ll be asked to pack comfortable pajamas and bring along any prescription medications you may need to take. You might be asked to shower the following morning to remove the sensor paste from your hair and skin. Soap, shampoo, towels, a blow dryer, bed linens and pillows will be supplied to create a comfortable environment.
Get Your Sleep Study Done at the SDI
Sleep studies are painless and play an important role in diagnosing and treating most sleep disorders. If you have any questions regarding your upcoming nocturnal polysomnography with CPAP titration study, contact the sleep specialists of the Sleep Disorders Institute at the Richmond University Medical Center.