Get Professional CPAP Advice from your local Pharmacist
Every Blooms The Chemist Pharmacist is a medically qualified health professional that can help with your diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnoea.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is recognised as the gold standard of treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea and can help relieve the symptoms that come with sleep apnoea.
If you've just started on your CPAP therapy journey and need some assistance, our friendly Pharmacists are happy to work with you on finding the right CPAP mask or machine that meets your needs.
How do I know if I'm at risk of obstructive sleep apnoea?
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) happens when your throat is completely blocked while you're asleep, which causes you to stop breathing.
It can range from moderate obstructive sleep apnoeato severe, which depends on how many times you stop breathing during sleep1.
OSA is usually undiagnosed and can have serious and life-threatening consequences if left untreated.
If left untreated, you can also develop a higher risk of diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease1.
We can help you understand if you're at risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea with a free online sleep assessment and an overnight at-home sleep test.
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1Healthdirect, Obstructive Sleep apnoea, accessed 29 May 2023
What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea occurs when your throat is partly or fully blocked when you're sleeping, which causes you to stop breathing1. You can stop breathing for between 10 to 90 seconds and wake up, which restarts your breathing.
These episodes, called apnoeas, can happen a lot during sleep, and you're often unaware that these are happening.
It ranges from mild to severe and can affect anyone.
Some symptoms include:
Waking up gasping or choking
Tosing and turning during sleep
Feeling unrefreshed after sleep
1Healthdirect, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, accessed 5 June 2023
Why do I need CPAP therapy for my sleep apnoea?
CPAP therapy and treatment are recognised as the 'gold standard' of treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea.
CPAP therapy is where you use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask and machine that feeds pressurised air into the mask that holds your throat open as you sleep.
However, there are other options you can try to reduce the symptoms of your obstructive sleep apnoea, including:
- An oral appliance, such as a mouthguard or splint, to keep your mouth open which is fitted by your dentist
Surgery, but this is only recommended if you have severe obstructive sleep apnoea and CPAP treatment and oral appliances haven't eased your symptoms
The most important part of CPAP treatment, or any other treatment that can ease your obstructive sleep apnoea symptoms, is that it is comfortable for you to use consistently.
Some common problems with CPAP therapy are that many find the treatment uncomfortable to sleep with and don't stick with it to see results.
The key to sticking with CPAP is to find a machine and mask that meets your needs.
1Better Health Channel, Sleep Apnoea, accessed 5 June 2023
Are there different types of masks for CPAP therapy?
At Blooms The Chemist, we have three to choose from, which include:
A full face mask, which covers your mouth and nose and may suit you if you breathe through your mouth when you sleep
A nasal mask, which covers your nose from the bridge to the area above your lip and may suit you if you breathe through your nose when you sleep
A nasal pillow mask, which is small, lightweight and may suit you if you toss or turn during sleep
For more information about CPAP masks, click here.
What if I'm feeling uncomfortable using my CPAP mask or machine?
There are common problems associated with CPAP therapy and mask use, which include1:
Removing your mask during sleep
Waking up with a dry mouth
Mask issues, such as skin irritation or marks or feeling claustrophobic
Disturbed sleep from the noise of the machine
Pressure intolerance (either too much or not enough)
It's important to partner with your doctor or Pharmacist to find the right mask and machine that works best for you. After all, the best treatment is the one you're going to stick to.
Finding the right pressure, mask, and machine for your needs can help you stick to your CPAP therapy.
1Harvard Health Publishing, I can't tolerate CPAP, what can I do? accessed 5 June 2023
What does Blooms The Chemist offer for sleep apnoea?
We offer a range of services for sleep apnoea, including:
A free online sleep test that you can take to determine whether you're at risk
An at-home sleep test that can be done in the comfort of your own home to determine if you have sleep apnoea
Personalised service from our trusted Pharmacists on the range of CPAP machines, CPAP masks and more that we have online and in-store
Whether you purchase your CPAP device online or in-store, you benefit from our ongoing expert professional advice which is a service you can trust.
We also offer the following:
5-year warranty on machines
1-year warranty on masks
If you purchase your machine in your local Blooms The Chemist, you get 12 months of health checks
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