You’ve been told that you have sleep apnea and are going to be put on a machine called a CPAP. While the machine can look and sound pretty terrifying at the beginning, understanding how it works can alleviate your concerns. It doesn’t take long for patients to adjust to this treatment and begin enjoying a better night’s rest. At Ralhan Dental, your Oakville dentist wants to make sure that you understand everything about your CPAP and its benefits.
What is CPAP?
CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, uses a ventilator to apply positive pressure through a nose mask to your airway, keeping it open so you can breathe better. While the mask can take some getting used to, it’s made so you can sleep without having to worry about pauses in your breathing pattern.
Facts To Know About CPAP
Understanding what and how your CPAP is going to work, as well as how it will benefit your health is important. Facts to know that will help you feel more comfortable with your machine include:
- There are different masks to fit your face. You’ll find the right one for you that is comfortable and doesn’t interfere with your ability to sleep how you like.
- Animals use CPAP– There certain types and breeds of animals, like the bulldog that suffer from sleep apnea and use CPAP.
- It was invented in 1980- by an Australian physician named Collin Sullivan
- They are extremely quiet– no need to worry about it disturbing your partner. Over the years, these machines have become nice and quiet.
- Finding the right fit takes time– Even after a fitting with a tech, it’s okay to change your device and or mask if it’s not comfortable for you.
- Using CPAP can improve your health– The more you use your CPAP machine, the better you will feel. As you consistently use your sleep apnea treatment device, your overall health will improve over time as well.
- It will help you achieve REM sleep– it’s amazing how much better you will feel throughout the day
- You get used to it– While the mask might feel odd at first, after some adjustment time most patients are able to sleep comfortably with their new sleep apnea treatment. Not all machines are the same. Just like the masks are different for different people, the machines vary as well. Your doctor will help you find the perfect fit for you.
If you are in the Oakville, Ontario, area and you have questions or concerns about your CPAP, you can always contact us or call (905) 257 3368 to speak to a staff member at Ralhan Dental.