CPAP Titration Sleep Study

Also known as: continuous positive airway pressure titration sleep study.

What is a CPAP titration sleep study?

CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is a machine used in the treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders such as apnea and hypoxemia. A CPAP titration sleep study is a test that is used to calibrate the CPAP machine for the proper treatment of an individual’s sleep-related breathing disorder.

What happens during the test?

The patient spends the night at a sleep center and falls asleep for the test. The patient is fitted with a CPAP machine, and sleep specialists try various settings during the test until the right airway pressure for the patient is found. This CPAP setting is then used for future treatments for the patient.

Is any special preparation needed?

A patient needs to be diagnosed with a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, hypoxemia or others prior to the CPAP titration sleep study occurring. The patient should come prepared for sleep and can bring everything they would need to prepare for a normal night of sleep to the study.

What are the risk factors?

There are very few risk factors related to a CPAP titration sleep study. Virtually the only risk is that the study is unsuccessful at finding the right airway pressure needed for the patient.


Reviewed by: Mercedes Bello, MD

This page was last updated on: January 28, 2021 11:42 AM

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