Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a device that delivers oxygen by way of positive airway pressure through a nasal, oral or oronasal interface during sleep. A pressurized mask is worn over the nose and/or mouth, and it is attached to a small pump which forces air into the airway.
For those who suffer from sleep apnea, CPAP devices can be the solution that they have been searching for. CPAP can provide true rest at night for those who have been deprived due to their sleep apnea condition.
There are a lot of benefits to utilizing CPAP devices, but there can be a lot of hesitation for patients due to the unknown of sleeping with a device attached to their face. For those with reservations here are some advantages to using CPAP machines:
Advantages of CPAP
- Keeps the airway open
- Very efficacious (works well if it is being used)
- Great for moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
- Great for severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
- Great for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with other co-morbidities
Those who are new to CPAP technology might be a little jarred at first when they realize some of the difficulties of having to sleep with a CPAP mask on at night.
Disadvantages of CPAP
- Low compliance (Patients are not using CPAP on a regular basis)
- Not easy to travel with
- Socially challenging
- Needs power source
Even though CPAP masks and machines might take some getting used to, if given time, they can drastically improve one’s quality of life by offering true rest and sleep at night.
Dr. Walter Heidary can help to determine if you would benefit from a CPAP machine. You can contact us today to set up a home sleep study. Click the button below to book a free consultation.