Adjusting to Your CPAP Machine

cpap machineIf your doctor recommends you wear a CPAP machine at night for your sleep apnea, you probably want to know what type of adjustment process you will need to go through. This device will not only help with your condition, it will also help you avoid some of the serious complications that are associated with sleep apnea, including high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks and others. So it is extremely important that you use the device exactly as directed.

What is a CPAP Machine?

CPAP is short for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP machine is designed to help keep your nasal passages open by pushing air into them. It is comprised of a tube that delivers air from the machine, a pump that controls the amount of air, and a mask that goes over either your nose or mouth. Some models have a mask that covers both.

There is a chance that you will need to experiment with different models until you find the one that is most comfortable. As long as the mask remains sealed and the air pressure stays constant, the device will work as it should.

Adjustment Concerns

While today’s CPAP machine is much quieter than its predecessors, there are still some things you will need to get used to. For example, you may experience dryness in your mouth and nose. However, many devices have humidifiers to fix that problem. If you are having difficulty breathing through your nose when using the machine, that probably means you simply have some sort of nasal obstruction. Once the congestion is treated, you should have no problems.

The experts with O2 Pulmonary & Sleep Group will help you adjust to your CPAP machine so that you are once again enjoying a great night of refreshing rest. Give us a call at 214-865-7788 or contact us online to learn more.