How do CPAP machines treat sleep apnea?
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are often used to treat sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which someone stops and starts breathing repeatedly as they sleep. This can be dangerous and result in a variety of side effects from low-quality sleep to death. The use of a CPAP machine as the afflicted person sleeps is one of the most common and impactful methods of treatment.
CPAP machines take air from the room into a filter and pressurize it. The pressure of the air will vary based on what your sleep specialist suggests for you. The air is then passed through a heated humidifier to prevent dry mouth and then moves to the mask on your face.
This is where the true benefit of CPAP machines comes. The constant pressure from the air being pumped into the mask creates a “cushion” along the upper airway that prevents it from collapsing. Therefore, the soft palate, uvula, and tongue are prevented from shifting into the airway.
When do you need a CPAP machine?
CPAP machines are the first treatment option when it comes to obstructive sleep apnea. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have sleep apnea:
- – Snoring, especially when loud enough wake yourself or others
- – Waking up gasping or choking for air
- – Noticeable pauses in breathing in your sleep
- – Excessive daytime sleepiness
If any of these symptoms seem familiar to you, see a sleep specialist as soon as possible. From there, they will help you find the treatment options that will work best for you.
If you need CPAP machines, Mullaney’s Pharmacy + Medical Supply has a variety of options to choose from. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you find a machine that works for you. When it comes to treating sleep apnea, don’t trust your health to anyone but the best. Mullaney’s has everything you need to maintain your health! Please contact us if you have any questions.