How Does CPAP Work?
December 07, 2016
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: CPAP  

If you suffer from sleep apnea, chances are you have heard of a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine. This important piece of medical technology helps bring almost immediate relief to sleep apnea patients and can help you get the good night’s sleep you may not be capable of if your condition remains untreated. Learn about CPAP and how it works with Dr. Angela Bauer at Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea serving the Madison, WI, area in Cambridge, CT.

What is sleep apnea? 
An apnea occurs when patients experience pausing in their breathing while asleep. This causes sputtering, excessive snoring, choking, and, if a severe case is left undiagnosed or untreated, even death. Obtrusive sleep apnea occurs due to a blockage of the airway causing it to close and cut off breathing during sleep and is the most common form of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when the body fails to send the correct nerve signals to the brain which instructs it to breathe. Some patients have both types of sleep apnea, referred to as complex sleep apnea.

How does CPAP work? 
Patients use a CPAP machine every night while they sleep. Patients place the machine’s mask over their nose and mouth and fall asleep connected to the machine. The CPAP itself sends a stream of air through the airway. This stream keeps the airway open and prevents it from collapsing. Since the collapsing airway causes the apnea, the CPAP machine prevents apneas from happening at all, allowing patients a good night’s sleep and rest. While wearing a CPAP machine may be uncomfortable at first, patients usually report that they experience extremely dramatic and positive results, some even during the first use.

CPAP in Madison, WI
If you think CPAP could be for you, consult with Dr. Bauer to schedule an examination and sleep study. A sleep study, which involves the patient sleeping through the night at a laboratory while being monitored or a home sleep test to diagnose sleep apnea. Your dentist will probably require regular check-ups to ensure that your CPAP is still your best option for treatment and working correctly.

For more information on sleep apnea or CPAP treatments, please contact Dr. Bauer at Dental Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea serving the Madison, WI, area in Cambridge, CT. Call (608) 423-3615 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bauer today!