CPAP Therapy in Austin, TX
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP machine gently pushes air into the lungs using a mask that covers your mouth and nose. The constant air pressure prevents the tissues in the throat from collapsing, helping you take deep, uninterrupted breaths.
Although CPAP therapy is an effective method of treating sleep apnea, its success relies heavily on a person’s ability to tolerate the machine. Because CPAP requires a major lifestyle change—both for you and for your bed partner—it tends to have a lower compliance rate than oral appliance therapy. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, up to 50% of patients don’t comply with their CPAP prescription. That means they’re still not sleeping well and dealing with the daytime symptoms of sleep apnea! Some people find that the CPAP mask is cumbersome and claustrophobic, and while the machines themselves are available in a variety of sizes, they can be difficult to travel with.
Side Effects or CPAP Intolerant?
Like any other medical snoring solution, CPAP therapy does cause side effects in some patients, including:
- Dry nose
- Sore throat
- Sneezing, runny nose, or nasal congestion
- Eye or facial skin irritation
- Abdominal bloating
- Mild discomfort or claustrophobia
You can expect to experience these side effects more when you first begin CPAP treatment. If you still don't feel comfortable with your CPAP after a few days, call your Austin sleep apnea dentist Dr. Hedgecock. He may be able to recommend easy ways to relieve these effects.
If, however, your reactions are severe or cause intense discomfort, you may be CPAP intolerant. Dr. Hedgecock offers a variety of alternative snoring treatments that can help you sleep better and wake feeling rested. (We DO NOT offer CPAP Therapy)