Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a common treatment for sleep apnea. Your sleep physician will write a prescription for your CPAP equipment and pressure setting.
CPAP includes a small machine (shoe box size) that supplies a steady flow of pressurized air, a hose and a mask or nose piece.
Common problems with CPAP include a leaky mask, dry mouth or nose and trouble falling asleep. If you experience these or other issues, you are not alone; many people need help adjusting to wearing CPAP.
The good news is that if one CPAP device or mask doesn’t work for you, you have other options. Most CPAP masks are adjustable, to help make them more comfortable for you.
Patience and time is the key to success
There is no doubt for most people starting CPAP can be frustrating, but it’s important you stick with it.
Work with your sleep physician and CPAP supplier to ensure best fitting mask and try making suggested adjustments if you are experiencing these common CPAP problems.
It may take several months to find the correct settings and for you to adapt to the mask.
CPAP is the most effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The treatment is essential to avoid sleep apnea related health complications such as high blood pressure, heart attach or stroke.
With time and patience CPAP will have a positive affect on your quality of life and health.