A holistic approach

Treatment: to CPAP, or not to CPAP

That is the question

CASE STUDY: Things are not always what they seem to be…

An otherwise healthy middle aged female presented with symptoms of snoring and gagging during the night, and daytime lethargy. Gagging and snoring at night can be strong symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) – which can have very significant and even dangerous health consequences.

A thorough investigation into her general health, and an inspection of her airway was undertaken. Based on her symptoms and without that thorough medical examination, it is highly likely that on-line and commercially motivated CPAP sales companies would have sold her a CPAP device as they typically do – a one-size-fits-all solution.

CPAP units work by pressurising the upper airway to prevent obstruction during sleep. This enables the body to receive the oxygen it needs to regenerate and refresh.
Humans readily breathe in sufficient oxygen during the day to ensure their organs perform their various functions effectively, but at night this can change.

But, things are not always as they seem, and in some cases these symptoms are indicative of other underlying conditions.

Herein lies a key difference between TheSleepGP’s approach to OSA,  and the approach of commercially driven CPAP sales organisations. The SleepGP is up-skilled to identify whether snoring and gagging is OSA related, or whether something else is causing these symptoms.

An upper airway abnormality was discovered,  that was fixed with a straight forward  operation by an ENT surgeon.

Conclusion: This patient did not need a CPAP which would only assist her at night – she needed suitable medical intervention to enable her to breathe properly both night and day.

The SleepGP doctors are a dedicated team of primary care doctors with a sleep medicine sub-specialty whom you can trust with your holistic care. Their primary interest is in helping you manage chronic sleep issues, not in selling you a CPAP machine. As in this case, a minor surgical procedure could be all you need…

Helpful Information

Understanding why people snore, can help you stop snoring. A major contributing factor to snoring is breathing through your mouth, rather than through your nose when asleep. Sleeping on your back can make the base of your tongue and soft palate collapse to the back wall of your throat, causing a vibrating sound during sleep. Many snorers…

Sleeping between 6.5 to 7.5 hours a night is recommended for most adults. New research has found that people sleeping fewer than 6 hours a night were 11 per cent more likely to develop or die from heart disease or stroke. Sleeping too much may also be harmful, however, with the study indicating that those

Most adults report some degree of insomnia during their life. Insomnia can be in some cases associated with increased morbidity and mortality, which is finally caused by cardiovascular disease and psychiatric disorders.

Three controllable factors -a balanced diet, regular exercise and adequate quality sleep – are all critical to holistic health.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) destroys healthy sleep patterns, meaning that diet and exercise therefore have a an especially important part to play for OSA sufferers.

Depending on the severity, some people can manage mild OSA by losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption or adjusting sleep positions. Some patients with moderate or severe OSA will be better suited to a CPAP or positioning device, or a jaw advancement splint, and in some limited cases surgery.



A sleep study (also called a ‘polysomnogram’) is a test which measures many aspects of your sleep to find the cause of your sleep problems.

This test measures brain function, heart and breathing activity, muscle activity and also analyzes sleep time and quality. Measurements are done while you sleep in our clinic.

A sleep study is a critical part of the overall sleep assessment and when combined with your symptoms, assists to diagnose and treat your sleep disturbance.

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Each SleepGP clinic is individually owned, and operated by local GPs. Patient data is unique to each site. Service charges and offers may vary slightly from location to location.  The underlying SleepGP Model of Care is consistent.


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334 – 342 Lake Rd.
Glendale NSW


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Suite 2.01, Level 2, 43 The Boulevarde
Toronto NSW


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Lot 1 Ballina Rd.
Bangalow  NSW


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Hibiscus Coast, Auckland, 0932

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