Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is among the leading therapies for sleep apnea. Here, our Surrey dentists describe how CPAP works, and how it can help you get a better night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea causes sufferers to stop breathing briefly during sleep. It can occur as many times 30 times in one hour, it is the result of their airways getting closed or blocked.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy involves a facial or nasal mask that is connected to a pump, and is worn during sleep.
The mask and pump create a positive, regular flow of air into the nasal passages, effectively keeping the airway open.
The mask may go over the nose, fit under the nose, or go over the mouth and nose together, or fit over the entire face.
Side effects of CPAP are usually insignificant, and reletively short lived. They include sore eyes, headaches, nasal congestion, abdominal bloating, and general discomfort as the patient becomes accustomed to the appliance. Most people overcome these side effects and get used to their new sleep appliance over the course of 2 weeks to 3 months.
Sleep apnea sufferers who use CPAP report immediate symptom relief, and in general a better night's sleep. This increases energy and mental sharpness throughout the day.