What is a CPAP Machine?
So, what is a CPAP machine?
- a motor to blow air
- a mask with straps that fits over your nose or both mouth & nose
- a tube to connect the blower to the mask
How do you get a CPAP machine?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of CPAP?
- most effective non-surgical treatment for sleep apnea
- reduced snoring
- more restful sleep
- improved daytime alertness and concentration
- reduced health risks for heart diseases, stroke, and diabetes
- improved mood
- machine noise
- mask irritation of eyes or skin for some people
- side effects which may include congestion, runny nose, dry mouth, or nosebleeds
- excessive gas or bloating
- some patients cannot tolerate CPAP and abandon it over time
Recap: What is a CPAP machine?
- A machine used to treat sleep breathing disorders
- It consists of a motor, hose, and air-breathing mask
- It’s currently the gold standard for treating obstructive sleep apnea
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