Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices are a proven treatment for sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, visit Quiet Dental PC in the Pelham Bay/Morris Park section of the Bronx in New York. The providers can help you learn how to wear your CPAP device comfortably and use it effectively. Call Quiet Dental PC for further details or arrange a consultation by completing the online booking form today.

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What is CPAP?

CPAP devices keep your airways open when you sleep. They use pressurized air to stop soft tissues in the back of your throat and mouth from covering the windpipe and preventing air from entering your lungs.

CPAP devices use continuous air pressure. Similar devices include auto-adjustable positive airway pressure (APAP) and bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines.

APAP devices increase or decrease the air pressure level in response to airflow changes. BiPAP has different inhale and exhale pressures. Most people find CPAP suits their needs, but you might need to consider APAP or BiPAP for more complex problems.

Why do I need CPAP?

Your provider might recommend CPAP if you have sleep apnea. The most widespread type is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), where the airway becomes blocked as you sleep due to the soft tissues covering your throat. The less common central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t keep the breathing muscles functioning properly during sleep.

Sleep apnea affects how well you sleep because your brain has to wake you repeatedly at night to get you breathing again. It also reduces the oxygen you take in, affecting organ and tissue function throughout your body.

Untreated sleep apnea can increase your chances of developing chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems. In daily life, it causes headaches and trouble concentrating, makes you feel tired and sleepy, and means you’re more vulnerable to accidents.

CPAP is an effective treatment for OSA and can also help patients with central sleep apnea.

How do I use my CPAP machine?

A CPAP machine consists of a control unit that goes by your bed, a nasal pillow and mask, and tubing that connects the mask to your CPAP machine.

When you go to bed, you place the mask over your face, adjusting it to form a good seal without rubbing or causing discomfort. You set the controls so you receive the most effective pressurized airflow for your condition.

Your provider explains how to use your machine and helps ensure the mask fits properly. Some people adjust to wearing the mask quite quickly, while others struggle to get used to it. Newer CPAP designs include less bulky options that you might find more suitable if you don’t get on with your first machine.

Call Quiet Dental PC today to learn more about CPAP or book an appointment online.