CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is among the most effective 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 briefly stop breathing repetitively during sleep. This can occur as many as 30 times per hour, and is the result of their airways getting closed or blocked.
CPAP therapy involves wearing a facial or nasal mask that is connected to a pump during sleep. The mask and pump create a positive, regular flow of air into the nasal passages, 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, depending on the type of CPAP device you have.
Side effects of CPAP are not significant, and relatively short lived. They can include sore eyes, nasal congestion, headaches, 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.
Most sleep apnea sufferers who use CPAP report immediate symptom relief, in particular a better night’s sleep. This in turn results in a steep increase in energy and mental sharpness throughout the day.