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What to Expect

The CPAP/Sleep study is done at the Miami Valley Hospital Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders (MVH Sleep Center). We are located in Suite G-200 in the 30 E. Apple St. building, Dayton and 6611 Clyo Rd., Suite D, in Centerville. The Sleep Testing rooms are down the carpeted hallway. Just follow the signs.

What is CPAP?

CPAP is a machine used to treat sleep apnea (when a person stops breathing while sleeping). CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. This machine gives a constant flow of air to keep your airways open so you do not stop breathing while you are sleeping. The machine has a mask that goes over your nose and a motor that produces a constant flow of air at different pressures.

What is a CPAP study?

A CPAP study is similar to a sleep study. This test is done after you have had a sleep study and have been told you have sleep apnea. The main difference is that you are asked to sleep with a mask over your nose that is hooked up to a CPAP machine. The mask sends a constant flow of air to the back of the throat. The pressure changes as needed through the night until your apnea and snoring stop. You then use the pressure setting on your home CPAP machine.

How long does the study take?

The Sleep Lab Testing area is located within the MVH Sleep Center on the ground (G) floor of the 30 E. Apple St. building at Miami Valley Hospital and at a second site down the street from Miami Valley Hospital South at 6611 Clyo Rd., Suite D. Please arrive by 7:30 p.m. Your study should end before 7:00 a.m. the next morning.

Does it hurt?

No. The mask placed over your nose helps you breathe easier while you are on the CPAP machine.

What if I have cold or stuffy nose?

The CPAP machine does not work as well if you have a stuffy nose. If you have a stuffy nose most of the time, talk to your doctor at your follow up visit in the MVH Sleep Center.

If you have a cold, fever, or are not able to come in for your study, please call the MVH Sleep Center and set up another time for your study.

When will I know the results of my CPAP study?

The results are sent to your doctor. You will be scheduled to come back to talk with the Sleep Center doctor about 30 days after you receive your CPAP machine.

How and when do I get my CPAP machine?

After you have had your CPAP study, a respiratory therapist calls you. He or she sets up a time to go over what you need to know about your CPAP machine.

You come back to the MVH Sleep Center after using your machine for one month. It is important that you bring your CPAP machine with you for this visit. At that time, your doctor checks how you are doing with the treatment.