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CPAP Studies: What to Expect

After you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you’ll come into our facility for a CPAP study. You’ll sleep with a CPAP machine so our physicians can determine the best course of action for your sleep apnea.

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.

Where do I go for my CPAP/Sleep Study?

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

How long does the study take?

The sleep lab testing area is located within the MVH Sleep Center on the ground floor of 30 E. Apple St., and at a second site near Miami Valley Hospital South at 6611 Clyo Rd., Suite D. Please arrive by 7:30 p.m. Your study should end before 7:00 am.

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?

We send your results to your doctor. Your doctor will schedule you 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.

Content Updated: November 25, 2014

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Sleep Center Services.
Sleep Center - Dayton
80 E. Woodbury Dr. Dayton, OH  45415
Sleep Center at Clyo Road
6611 Clyo Rd. Suite C Dayton, OH  45459
Sleep Center at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Suite G200 Dayton, OH  45409
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