Continuance Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, is the most common breathing device used to treat sleep apnea.
This device has been the gold standard for years and is the most recommended form of treatment for those with moderate to severe OSA.
Designed to fit over the sufferer’s nose and mouth, the device is actually a special mask.
It aids in the entry and passage of air through the airways by gently blowing it into the throat and nose.
Air is pressed against the airway wall through this action.
This pressure is set to be just enough to stop the blockage, and at the same time, prevent it, and the narrowing of airways during sleep.
By stopping loud, or even minimal snoring, these breathing devices, like CPAP, can be used by people who don’t have sleep apnea, but don’t want to be annoying to their partners.
Those who do have obstructive sleep apnea, however, could find that their symptoms returning if they ever cease using, or use CPAP improperly.
Several use requirements can actually turn off those users who otherwise enjoy CPAP results.
Because of the complexity of the equipment, a technician is sometimes necessary to set up, install, and adjust it to the mouth or nose.
Upon doctors orders, they might need to make specific adjustments.
The technician may have to come back after an initial setup session, in order to appropriately adjust the device for best results.
Possible side effects of the CPAP could be another setback.
Irritation of facial skin, the onset of sore eyes, headaches, and stuffy, or dry nose could be unlikely side effects.
Stomach bloating and unnecessary discomfort can occur if the device is not properly set up, installed or adjusted.
It is best for the CPAP user to approach a certified technician, nursing staff or specialist if any of the side effects appear.
The correction of any error can eliminate or reduce these side effects.
Nasal sprays may provide instant and more effective relief for stuffy or runny nose.
In the marketplace at present, there are several types of CPAP masks and machines available.
If you are not comfortable or happy with the use of a device, it would be best if you approached your doctor, and tell him of your dissatisfaction.
Most sleep apnea sufferers, in general, start feeling better upon beginning CPAP use for treatment.
However, other treatment options could prove more comfortable, and more effective.
The feeling that a snake is wrapped around your neck, the noise and the hoses are things that most people just don’t like.
Which brings us to a much better option, that is certainly worth considering…Oral Appliance Therapy.
It can literally save your life, especially if it means not letting your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) go untreated.