Sleep apnea CPAP

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Fri, 06/25/2010

Breathing device (Continuous positive airway pressure) is the most common treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea in adults.

What is CPAP?

A CPAP machine uses a mask that fits over the nose and/or mouth. The machine gently supplies air pressure into the throat on the walls of the airway. This air pressure can adjust so that it is enough to keep the airways open without narrowed or blocked during sleep.

How do you set up CPAP machine?

A technician will come home with a new CPAP machine. The technician will set up the CPAP machine and adjust it based on doctor's advice. After this initial setup, it may be needed some adjustment on occasion for the best results.

Side effects of CPAP equipment

CPAP therapy may cause some side effects that include:

  • dry or stuffy nose,
  • irritated skin on the face,
  • sore eyes,
  • headaches

If CPAP is not in proper adjustment, it may cause stomach bloating and discomfort or pain while wearing the mask.

If having trouble with CPAP side effects, discuss with sleep specialist/nursing staff and the CPAP technician. Together, take necessary steps to reduce these side effects. These modification steps include adjusting the CPAP settings or the mask size, or by adding moisture to the air. A nasal spray may help to relieve a dry, stuffy, or runny nose.

Patient who had severe sleep apnea symptoms generally feel much relieved from symptoms once they begin CPAP treatment.