FAQ’s on a CPAP Machine – from a Phoenix Sleep Center

What Is A CPAP Machine?

CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure therapy and the CPAP machine is used in helping people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea to breathe easier when asleep. The machine helps boost air pressure to the throat preventing the throat from collapsing.

Who Do You Need a CPAP Machine?

CPAP therapy is most effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea and is usually the most effect form of nonsurgical treatment. Phoenix Sleep CenterThe machine is also used to treat heart failure and coronary artery disease. Research shows that CPAP can help decrease daytime fatigue and sleepiness.

It can also help lower high blood pressure at night and during the day. People who use CPAP to treat sleep apnea have lower chances of heart failure.

What Are Risks Associated with CPAP?

Using a CPAP can come with certain complications. These include: nasal congestion, sneezing and runny nose amongst others. Eye irritation is also a common side effect, abdominal bloating and sore throats as well.

You may also have excessive dreaming and nightmares during the early days of use. Nose bleeding is rare but has occurred in some patients. You should let your Phoenix sleep doctor know of the side effects so as to relieve them.

What Are The Benefits of Using A CPAP Machine?

CPAP can be used to enhance your quality of sleep since it keeps your airway open as you sleep. It can relieve snoring and symptoms associated with a sleep disorder such as excessive sleepiness and tiredness during the day.

What to Expect While Using a CPAP Machine

You will feel strange when using the CPAP machine and adjusting to the machine will take some time. You may need to take up some relaxing exercises before using the machine. You need to use the machine for about 7.5 hours every night so as to get the best results. It’s best to use the machine every night so as to get the best results. Most machines will record how much time you have used on a computer and you will have to carry the card for follow up visits.

Why Is It Necessary To Clean The CPAP Machine?

A clean machine works better and is more durable. It can also help relieve and prevent infections in your nose, chest, sinus and throat. It can also help reduce skin irritation.

Can I Breathe Through My Mouth With The Machine On?

It depends on which type of CPAP machine you are using. If it has a full face mask, then yes you can breathe through your mouth but with a nasal mask, you should avoid breathing with the mouth. This is because the nasal mask can leak the pressurized air and not effectively reach the airway.

Can You Stop Using The CPAP Machine When You Feel Better?

Sleep Doctor PhoenixWhen you stop using your CPAP machine, the negative symptoms may return. It’s therefore important that you wait until your doctor says it’s safe to stop using the machine. A sleep study will have to be conducted to identify whether or not you still need treatment.

Infinity Sleep Solutions has 2 Valley locations, one in Phoenix and one in the West Valley in Surprise.

Most insurance is accepted, and the Phoenix sleep center treats both adults and children. DOT sleep studies are performed as well, call today!