Breathing Devices that Help with Sleep
The most common treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea in adults is a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine.
This machine has a mask that fits over the mouth and nose (or just the nose for some). It blows air into the throat with pressure that helps keep the airways open while you sleep.
Will CPAP Cure My Sleep Apnea?
You might notice that use of a CPAP machine reduces or stops your snoring altogether, but this doesn’t mean that your sleep apnea is gone. Sleep apnea can return if you don’t use your CPAP correctly or if you stop using it.
How Do I Set Up My CPAP?
A technician will usually come to your home when you first start using a CPAP machine with all of the equipment. They will help you set it up, adjusting it according to your doctor’s prescription, and show you how to use it.
Are There Any Side Effects of Using a CPAP Machine?
Some people do experience side effects with CPAP treatment. Some of these effects include:
- Stuffy or dry nose
- Irritated skin on your face
- Dry mouth
- Stomach bloating or discomfort (this one usually occurs when the CPAP isn’t adjusted properly)
There are many different options for CPAP machines as well, and sometimes you just need to find the right one for you.
If you are experiencing any of these side effects, you can work with the team at Idaho Falls Pulmonary/Sleep and Critical Care Specialists to reduce these effects.