Treating breathing-dependent sleep disorders
Obstructive sleep apnea is usually treated with CPAP, which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. During your sleep, air with a continuous overpressure is administered via a mask, to keep your airways open. You must sleep with the CPAP equipment every night.
In a relatively simple type of sleep apnea, the device is set in a general hospital, after which the patient will use the CPAP equipment at home.
For patients with an unclear diagnosis, whose sleep apnea is hard to treat and/or when complaints insufficiently improve, the Center for Sleep Medicine offers specific care programs.
Specialized nurses may support patients who do not tolerate the CPAP treatment well, in an intensive support trajectory. This way, the patient becomes familiar with the equipment and the therapy will still be successful.
In addition to CPAP equipment there are other options to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Kempenhaeghe also supports you when you need a mandibular resposition device (MRA) or posture therapy. Kempenhaeghe may also refer you for surgical treatment.
For central sleep apnea Kempenhaeghe may also deploy various treatment options, including Adaptive Servo Ventilation. Where applicable, referral to a center for home respiration could be the best possible approach.