CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is a medical treatment used to prevent breathing problems such as sleep apnea. This system utilizes mild air pressure to keep airways open at all times. A CPAP machine includes a mask worn during sleeping and is considered one of the best treatments for obstructive sleep apnea. To learn more about the basics of CPAP, read on.
All CPAP machines have three main parts: a mask that fits over the user’s nose and mouth, a tube that connects the mask to the machine’s motor, and a motor that propels air into the tube. Optional features include heated humidifiers, mask liners, and more. The motor of the CPAP machine blows air through the tube and into your airways, preventing collapse and other airway obstructions common to sleep apnea.
Not only does CPAP open your airways and allow for proper breathing during sleep, but can also relieve other sleep apnea symptoms. Many CPAP users experience a cessation of snoring, an improved quality of sleep, less daytime sleepiness, and a positive drop in blood pressure. CPAP allows many sufferers of sleep apnea to resume productive lives, feel more attentive throughout the day, and disrupt the sleep of others less frequently.
CPAP is generally recommended to adults with obstructive sleep apnea. Children may benefit from this treatment as well, although the removal of tonsils and adenoids is usually the first step in treating children’s sleep apnea. If symptoms persist after surgery, CPAP may provide relief. Undergoing a sleep study is the best course of action to determine if CPAP is the right choice for managing your sleep apnea.
If you’re considering CPAP or another treatment for your sleep apnea, contact the professionals at Comfort Sleep. We provide complete testing, diagnosis, and treatment for all types of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. To schedule an appointment at our Monmouth County clinic, call (732) 455-3030 or visit our website for more information.