Continuous Positive Airway Pressure(CPAP) is one of the most popular forms of treatment for patients who suffer from OSA. It is also one of the oldest forms of therapy as well, as it has been out on the market for several decades now. CPAP is pretty simple, it is a glorified air blower that all night long(continously) blows air into your throat and down into your lungs. This allows people to sleep better for many different reasons.
How does CPAP Work:
- A CPAP machine is placed next to the bed of the person who has obstructive sleep apnea.
- All night long, the machine will blow out air into a tube at a continous air pressure. Something like the air pressure you feel when you put your head out the window at 15 miles per hour
- The individual using the CPAP machine will also connect the hose that is blowing air to a mask
- This mask with take the air pressure, and force it into the patients nose or possibly the nose and mouth(depending on what type of mask is being used)
Common Questions about CPAP machines:
1. Can you take it off during the night if you need to use the bathroom? Most definitely, there are easy ways to take the mask off in just seconds
2. Do CPAP machines make alot of noise? Yes and NO, it really depends on how old the machine is and what pressure it is on.
3. Do you have to wear CPAP your whole life? That depends on if your body changes to the point where you can sleep without any respritory problems throughout the night without it. Most CPAP users use the CPAP their whole life.
4. What happens if you forget to use your CPAP machine one night? You will just go back to the symptoms you had prior to using CPAP. Most people for some reason forget to use CPAP when they are strating out by accident.
5. Do you snore when you use CPAP? No, CPAP has the remarkable ability to eliminate snoring right away, it’s truly amazing.