How Do They Work?
CPAP is short for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a machine that is used to help those with breathing issues such as premature babies whose lungs and airways are not fully developed yet, or adults with pulmonary illnesses or sleep apnea.
What is the Purpose of a CPAP Machine?
CPAP machines have more than one part but are very small and portable. The purpose of a CPAP machine is to give the patient breathing support, particularly throughout the night so that breathing continues at a normal and healthy level. They are often used in the home and placed by the bedside.
How Can CPAP Treat Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common, but particularly dangerous, condition in which the tongue can slide back during sleep and block the airway. Therefore, when your chest rises, nothing or very little, enters your lungs. Some patients even stop breathing for periods of time during the night. A CPAP machine uses a hose that delivers air pressure through the nose which holds airways open. This ensures that breathing continues throughout the night. If your breathing is well controlled, it also means you get a more restful night’s sleep.
All You Need to Know About CPAP
Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and know you are in need of a CPAP machine, the choices can be overwhelming. There are actually three types of masks available for CPAP machines, as well as many other variations of the machine itself, changing looks, size, and how much noise it makes. Each patient is different in their needs and adjusting to this new routine can be difficult. Luckily, our trained physicians are knowledgeable about the types and functions of CPAP machines and can help you in choosing the right one for you.
Contact Us Today
If you would like to discuss sleep apnea treatment or CPAP machines, contact O2 Pulmonary & Sleep Group for an appointment at 214-919-0757.