Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is one of the most effective sleep apnea therapies out there. Here, our Surrey dentists describe how CPAP works, and how it can help you get a better night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea causes its sufferers to stop breathing at intervals during sleep. The pauses in breathing can take place as often as 30 times in an hour, and are the result of their airways getting closed or blocked.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy involves uses a pump that is connected to a facial mask, which the patient wears during sleep. The mask and pump produce a positive, regular airflow in the nasal passages, effectively keeping the airway open.
Depending on the type of CPAP device you have, the mask may be placed over the nose, under the nose, or over the mouth and nose together. It may also fit over the entire face.
Side effects of CPAP therapy are typically minor. They include sore eyes, headaches, nasal congestion, abdominal bloating, and general discomfort. These side effects are typically only present during the time when the patient is growing accustomed to the appliance. Most people overcome them over the course of 2 weeks to 3 months.
Most CPAP users report immediate sleep apnea symptom relief, and find they get a much better night’s sleep almost immediately following the commencement of treatment. This, in turn, results in a steep increase in energy and mental sharpness throughout the day.