A CPAP / CEPAP machine is used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The abbreviation means Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP / CEPAP machine is a simple machine, consisting of a mask and a hose. The role of such a machine is to apply constant pressure of air through the breathing passages, keeping them open, so the patient is able to breathe in air.
Things to Consider When Using a CPAP / CEPAP Machine
Although a CPAP / CEPAP machine is made to treat obstructive sleep apnea, some patients can’t really handle the constant air pressure driven by the machine. The solution to this is only available if the patient is allowed to change the pressure of the air on your CPAP / CEPAP machine. If this option is not available, then there are other models that can start with a low pressure in the first minutes to allow the patient to fall asleep, then ramp up to the prescribed pressure after some time.
Mask Size and Fitting
A very important element of any CPAP / CEPAP machine is the mask. Most patients think that it doesn’t matter what type of mask or what size of mask they wear, since CPAP / CEPAP machines are the same. This is only partially true – a CPAP / CEPAP machine works on the same principles, with the same way of operation, regardless of the mask. However, a good fitted mask is very important since masks could come off during sleep. Not to mention the inconvenience of a poorly fitted mask cutting down the blood flow in the face. The face and the location of the mouths and noses of different people have different sizes. Taking time to carefully select a CPAP / CEPAP mask that fits correctly will save countless restless nights of constant adjusting for the patient.
Claustrophobia is another concern when considering CPAP / CEPAP therapy. Some patients simply cannot bear having a CPAP / CEPAP machine’s mask strapped around their heads. In such cases, they should try taking things gradually. At first, a patient might want to “practice” by taking the straps off and holding it in place on their face using their hand. Then, after a certain time, they will get used to wearing the mask with all parts, while awake and ultimately while asleep. So, even if a patient is claustrophobic, it is still possible for the patient to use a CPAP / CEPAP machine.
Trouble Falling Asleep
Some people will also have problems trying to fall asleep when they initially start using their CPAP / CEPAP machine. This isn’t something caused by the machine itself, it’s more likely to be caused by the mask, since many patients will need time to adjust to wearing the mask while sleeping. It’s true that a CPAP / CEPAP machine mask is something that can give patients a lot of problems. However, the benefits outweighs the inconvenience. Once the patient gets used to the mask it does solve the snoring problems and the other sleep apnea symptoms.
A CPAP / CEPAP machine is one of the best treatment methods for obstructive sleep apnea. Consult your doctor for additional information. Ultimately however, by using a CPAP / CEPAP machine correctly, the loud snoring goes away as well as the symptoms associated with obstructive sleep apnea.