Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
Our sleep clinic specialists may determine that your child or teen has a sleep disordered breathing condition such as sleep apnea. In some cases the treatment recommended will be a special machine that provides continuous positive airway pressure, known as CPAP.
The machine has a mask that fits over your child’s nose while he or she is sleeping. The machine gently pushes air through the mask and into the child’s throat. The air acts like a splint, keeping the airway open. It helps your child breathe normally and prevents snoring. This method of treatment for some patients can be highly effective.
Our sleep staff will work to get a mask that fits your child correctly and teach you how to best get the mask on every night. Side effects are usually mild and temporary and may include nasal congestion, sore eyes and headaches.
Most insurance companies now pay for CPAP treatment but it is best to check with your insurance company to be sure.
Follow-up is the most important factor in patients in order for them to make the best use of this treatment.
Comprehensive CPAP program
Children’s not only prescribes CPAP treatment to patients but we follow many patients over time to monitor their progress, health, and continued need. Our program follows over 200 children and adolescents using the CPAP device as well as other types of ventilation support during sleep.
In addition to our sleep physicians and nurse practitioners, we have a dedicated noninvasive specialist who is a specially trained respiratory care practitioner (RCP) who can help your child adjust to the CPAP.