Frequently Asked Questions
I have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), what does that mean?
You are not alone. Over 1.5 million Australians have been diagnosed with OSA. The next step is to find the right treatment that works best for you. Left untreated, OSA can impact your daily quality of life and increase the likelihood of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
An early diagnosis means that you can now start a treatment pathway to improve your health. Not everyone needs a CPAP machine. It might be that you need a positional device (to stop you sleeping on your back), or even a Mandibular Advancement device – which is a little like a mouth guard.
Why is sleep important?
A good night sleep is vital to our health and is just as important as diet and exercise. We need good sleep so our bodies are able to function to their full potential and enjoy life. A lack of sleep can lead to serious health problems, affect relationships and impact on your ability to work.
Driver fatigue is known to be major factor in road accidents.
What is CPAP treatment?
A Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) device increases air pressure in your upper airways while you sleep. The pressure increase opens your airways, minimises your snoring and maximises your chances of having a better night’s sleep. The required pressure level will vary from person to person. It may be set at a continuous pressure (CPAP), or adjusting automatically as required (APAP).
Is CPAP treatment safe?
CPAP treatment is very safe and highly effective treatment of OSA. Developed by an Australian, CPAP has been in use since 1980.
Can I trial a CPAP device?
Once you have been diagnosed and your treatment pathway deems that the use of a CPAP/APAP device will be beneficial, for a small fee, your SleepGP clinic can offer the trial of a machine. Your SleepGP Nurse will walk you through the benefits of the device, show you how it works and be there to help you with any questions you have during the trial period.
Be sure to ask if your clinic offers Certegy Ezi-Pay as an option for purchase.
Which CPAP device is best for me?
While CPAP devices essentially operate similarly, some come with specific features that may make the therapy more comfortable for you. Your SleepGP Nurse will advise, through a trial, which CPAP device and mask combination should work best for you.
If the CPAP device is not right for me, what else is available?
Your SleepGP clinic knows that every patient is different and one solution won’t fix every sleep issue. We offer a range of alternate treatment options through your SleepGP treatment plan. It is important that you find a treatment that not only manages your condition, but also causes minimum disruption to your life and the lives of those close to you.
Do I have to go to the hospital for a sleep study?
At SleepGP, we offer sleep studies in the comfort of your own home AND you skip the waiting lists that can sometimes be up to 6 months.