Living with a CPAP Machine

Living With A CPAP Machine
Posted on 05/07/2019
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Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition that can rob you of the restful, healthy sleep we all need to live a good life. But for patients where CPAP alternatives like oral sleep appliances aren't an option, a CPAP or BiPAP machine is often the only option for sleep apnea treatment. While effective, these machines can be uncomfortable and difficult to use, especially at first. As a dedicated sleep apnea dentist serving the Manahawkin area, we at Federici Dental want to provide a few simple tips for making life with a CPAP machine a little bit easier.

Adjusting to a CPAP Mask & Machine

Sleeping with a CPAP mask is difficult. Most patients report difficulty adjusting to CPAP machines, and learning to sleep with a mask strapped to your face is a major adjustment for most people. However, with diligence and the right approach, many patients find that sleeping with a CPAP machine isn't just doable – it results in a major improvement in quality of life. Here are a few tips to help you get used to sleeping with a CPAP machine:

  • Physically Try Out Several Masks: Every person's face is different, and how a mask fits your face is 100% unique to you. That means it's vital to go to a sleep center or sleep clinic and physically test out the available models of masks. Finding the right fit is crucial to the success of your treatment.
  • Adjust the Mask Before Starting the Machine: A CPAP machine essentially blows a stream of air through the mask to increase airway pressure, and that stream of air can make it difficult to get the mask on right. Make sure you put your mask on and adjust it before starting the machine. It's a small tip, but it makes a big difference.
  • Try Wearing the Mask During the Day: This may seem odd, but many patients find it helpful to wear the mask around the house for a few hours each day at first. This helps your body get accustomed to the mask, making it less noticeable and easier to ignore when it's time to use it.
  • Use a Humidifier: Another common complaint, especially for older CPAP machines, is waking up with a dry, stuffy, or irritated nose or airway. Most newer CPAP machines have a built-in humidifier, so make sure you're using that or try switching to a newer model that offers the feature.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Sleep Apnea Dentist

CPAP machines can be difficult and annoying to adjust to, but once you get used to them, they can completely change your life by allowing you the deep, restful sleep you need. However, some patients may have the option of a CPAP alternative for their sleep apnea treatment – and we can help you find out if you're one of them. Contact us today to learn more about sleep apnea treatment options or simply request a consultation online. We can't wait to hear from you!