CPAP Specialist

Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center

Adult Sleep Medicine, Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep & Pediatric Neurologist located in San Antonio and New Braunfels

The continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) system helps you breathe better while sleeping, so you can get quality sleep if you have sleep apnea. Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center, which boasts three San Antonio-based clinics in Nix Alamo Heights, Shavano Park, and Lockhill-Selma, as well as a clinic in New Braunfels, Texas, can help you get started with your CPAP machine right away. If you have sleep apnea, find out if a CPAP machine is right for you by booking an evaluation online today. You can also call the clinic nearest you to schedule.

CPAP Q & A

Why do I need a CPAP system?

A continuous positive airway pressure system, better known as a “CPAP,” is a machine that helps improve your breathing so you can experience better sleep quality. CPAP is one of the primary treatment solutions for sleep apnea. 

Your doctor may recommend a CPAP if your sleep apnea is so severe, you:

  • Snore very loudly
  • Feel like you’re choking while sleeping
  • Frequently wake up to catch your breath

A CPAP system isn’t just important for ensuring you get a good night’s sleep, rather, because your sleep apnea symptoms should improve, your partner can experience better quality sleep, too. 

How does the CPAP machine work?

Sleep apnea can lead to oxygen deprivation because of poor breathing patterns while sleeping. The CPAP machine involves wearing a mask over your nose while you sleep.

As you doze off, the CPAP system stays hard at work providing a constant flow of pressurized air into your nostrils and airways. This prevents issues with constricted or collapsed airways and enhances your breathing while you sleep.

The CPAP machine has been considered the “gold standard” for treating sleep apnea for over three decades. But because technology has improved over the years, the team at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center can help you determine which type of CPAP system may best suit your specific needs. 

Which type of CPAP system do I need?

Modern CPAP machines often include a therapeutic pressure range that starts out with less air pressure, then gradually increases the air pressure as you sleep. There are even some models that have internal memory cards, so your doctor at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center can evaluate how well your CPAP treatment is working and make necessary personalized adjustments.

In addition to selecting the right system for your specific diagnosis, your physician needs to determine which mask may be right for you. Most CPAP systems have attachments that allow the air tubes to attach to nasal pillows that rest inside of your nostrils, although it’s also common to have an over-the-nose mask. 

For more severe cases of sleep apnea, your practitioner may recommend a CPAP system with a mask that covers both your mouth and nose. In any case, the CPAP system and mask that are right for you just depend on your symptoms. 

Book your CPAP appointment at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center through the website or by phone.