As we’ve mentioned many times before in our blog, Sleep Apnea is a serious condition that affects millions of people each year. If left untreated, Sleep Apnea can lead to severe health problems and even death. However, thanks to many medical technologies, there are solutions for Sleep Apnea out there — especially for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. One of these is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP therapy. But what does CPAP involve? Read on to find out:
What is CPAP?
As the name implies, CPAP functions by providing a continuous flow of positive air pressure through your breathing passages. This ensures that throughout the night the patient does not have air passages unexpectedly collapse and block air flow. Because Sleep Apnea occurs during times of extended sleep, if you choose to use a CPAP machine, you must get one for your home. Using a CPAP machine will require you wear either a mask or prongs in your nose while you sleep. Overall, CPAP has emerged as the most effective treatment for moderate to severe Sleep Apnea cases.
A Better Night’s Sleep — CPAP machines will enhance the quality of your sleep greatly. Very quickly you should notice an upward trend in the quality of your sleep. Likewise, your partner should be able to sleep better too without your loud snoring (and not having to worry about you)!
Lowers Blood Pressure & Prevention of Heart Diseases — One fact that many people don’t realize is that Sleep Apnea places you at a heightened risk for heart disease and high blood pressure due to hypertension. When you undergo CPAP therapy, you’ll begin to alleviate these problems and remove those stressors from your body.
The Best Non-Surgical Method — To reiterate, as it stands, CPAP is the best treatment someone suffering from Sleep Apnea can receive, barring any surgical treatments. CPAP has been proven to enhance the quality of life of Sleep Apnea sufferers and treat the symptoms of the disorder.
If you have any questions about Sleep Apnea, CPAP or would like to schedule an appointment to discuss surgical treatment for your Sleep Apnea, please contact Austin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today!