Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects both children and adults. The National Institutes of Health estimate that more than 12 million Americans have sleep apnea and only an estimated 16% of sleep apnea sufferers receive treatment. Sleep apnea may contribute to erectile dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, memory concentration impairment, and high blood pressure. An oral surgeon or your dentist can treat certain types of sleep apnea through oral surgery or a CPAP Port St Lucie therapy.
What is CPAP?
CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure therapy is a common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. A CPAP machine uses a mask or nosepiece to deliver constant and steady air pressure and a hose. Common problems with CPAP include stuffy nose, a dry mouth, trouble falling asleep, and a leaky mask.
Wrong Size or Style CPAP Mask
To make sure that you have a CPAP mask that fits properly, work closely with your doctor/dentist and CPAP supplier to ensure that you are getting the right size.
Trouble Getting Used to Wear the CPAP Device
To help yourself get used to the device, try wearing just the CPAP mask for short periods of time while you’re awake. Then try wearing the mask and the hose with the device turned on during the day while you’re awake. Once you get used to it, start using the CPAP device every time you sleep including naps.
Difficulty Tolerating Forced Air
You can overcome this by using a machine with a “ramp” feature. The ramp feature set allows you to start with low air pressure. The machine then automatically and slowly increases the air pressure to your prescribed setting as you fall asleep.
Relaxation exercises, such as progressive muscle relaxation may help reduce the anxiety related to CPAP use. Practice using your mask while you’re awake to get used to it. If you’re still feeling claustrophobic, talk to your doctor.
Suffering from Sleep Apnea? Let Us Help with CPAP Port St Lucie!
Sleep apnea can lead to serious health risks. Manage sleep apnea today through CPAP Port St Lucie therapy. Contact our team at All Smiles Family Dentistry to get started and to learn more about CPAP and sleep apnea.