Sleep Apnea CPAP
To treat mild cases of sleep apnea, lifestyle changes such as weight loss and physical exercise are often enough to turn symptoms around. For more moderate to severe cases of this disorder, one of the most common and effective treatment methods is sleep apnea CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure).
How It Works
A CPAP machine utilizes pressurized air to keep your airways open while you sleep. The air is sent via a hose through a mask worn over the nose. The pressure can be adjusted to fit doctoral prescription. Sleep apnea CPAP has proven in most cases to prevent apnea symptoms like snoring.
Sleep apnea CPAP is not without its complications and does not always work like a charm right off the bat. Many patients experience discomfort due to a number of factors. It is good to be aware of these problems before using a CPAP machine, as it ensures you are well prepared for possible treatment outcomes. These include:
- Wrong-sized mask
If the CPAP mask you are issued does not fit you to a tee, do not fret. There are many types of masks available with different sized nose pieces. If your mask is leaking or falling off your face, you may simply need to adjust the straps. Consult your sleep apnea specialist should you experience any problems with your CPAP treatment.
- Under pressure
Occasionally, patients find it difficult to adjust to the pressurized air issuing from a sleep apnea CPAP machine. Some machines are equipped with a feature allowing it to ramp up the air gradually as you sleep. This feature allows the air to build in pressure over time, easing the transition into your doctor-recommended air pressure. If this “ramp” feature does not prove helpful for you, consult your doctor right away to discuss other treatment options.
- Dry, irritated nose
Air blowing on your face all night can certainly result in a dry, stuffy nose. This is a common side effect of CPAP, and certain machines are equipped with an adjustable humidifier to reduce nose dryness and irritation.
For any further questions regarding CPAP treatment, call to schedule a consultation with our expert in sleep apnea.
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