CPAP Continuous Positive Airway Pressure:
The most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring is the CPAP. Continuous air pressure flows down your throat while you sleep. The treatment is done using a CPAP machine which consists of three parts:
- Mask fits over your nose and mouth, held in place with straps while you sleep
- Motor that blows continuous air
- Large tube called a cannula that connects the motor to your mask.
CPAP machines are small, lightweight and fairly quiet. If you travel, you can and should take this machine with you.
Benefits of the CPAP machine includes:
- Opening your airway while you sleep
- Ease your snoring
- Improve sleep quality
- Relieving daytime sleepiness
- Lowering blood pressure
Although you will likely feel rested and alert once you start using the CPAP, getting used to the machine may take a few nights to acclimate to the change.
Some disadvantages to the CPAP:
- Feelings of confinement
- Sore or dry mouth
- Nasal congestion (runny nose, sinusitis or nosebleeds)
- Irritation and sore over the bridge of the nose
- Stomach bloating and discomfort
- Discomfort in chest muscles.
If you have any of these discomforts, our team will make adjustment to your CPAP. Some machines include a heated humidifiers to reduce problems with dryness and bloody nose. Other possible fixes include a cushioned face mask, chin straps and nasal saline sprays.
If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea or snoring and the CPAP has not been effective, oral appliances may be an effective treatment option.
These appliances are made and fitted by our team at Snore Appliance Los Angeles and worn while you sleep.