What is CPAP?
CPAP is a machine that provides a constant flow of air at a specific pressure to the upper airway during sleep. The machine is connected to a pump that forces air through a tube connected to a mask that’s then delivered into your airway. The constant stream of air helps keep the airway open and unobstructed while preventing it from collapsing. Some CPAP machines also have heated humidifiers built-in. It’s known as the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment.
There are a few different ways CPAP can deliver constant air.
One of the first options is the nasal CPAP which is the most common. The nasal mask covers only the nose and has nasal prongs that go directly inside the nostrils.
This option administers CPAP through a tube that’s placed in the nose and ends in the nasopharynx. The tube delivers CPAP further down by bypassing the nasal cavity.
The full face mask option is best for patients who mouth breathe when they sleep. The mask covers both the mouth and the nose. It’s beneficial to those who experience nasal congestion or obstruction.
What Can I Expect?
Although CPAP is highly effective, nearly 50% of users abandon their treatment. Getting adjusted to CPAP can take time because you have to get used to wearing something on your face while you sleep, and ideally, sleeping on your back. You also have to get used to the feeling of air being pushed into your airway. Usually, it only takes a few days or weeks to get used to wearing CPAP. After you’re used to it though, you will sleep soundlessly throughout the night and start waking up feeling refreshed.
After treatment begins, we will follow up with you to understand how your treatment is going. If you’re having any issues, we will work to try and solve them. If you still find it too intolerable to use, we will recommend an oral appliance. Our number one goal is to help you find a treatment you can use consistently.
Who is a Good Candidate for CPAP?
Anyone who has a sleep apnea diagnosis is a good candidate for CPAP. We recommend scheduling an appointment with our sleep dentist in Omaha to find out if it’s a good treatment option for you. We may even recommend a combined therapy for sleep apnea that involves wearing an oral appliance and using CPAP during sleep.
If a doctor previously prescribed CPAP and you’re unhappy with the treatment or find it too uncomfortable, that’s okay. We offer different sleep apnea treatments to choose from. Our ultimate goal is to help you find a treatment you feel comfortable using on a consistent basis. Consistent use will help you achieve the best results for your overall health.
Oral Appliance Therapy is one CPAP alternative many Omaha residents find comfortable and effective. An oral appliance is a small, sleek orthotic worn in your mouth each time you sleep. For people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, it alleviates symptoms and allows a good night’s sleep. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
Schedule an Appointment With a CPAP Provider in Omaha
If you’re searching for a sleep apnea treatment such as CPAP in Omaha, our sleep dentist can help. Schedule an appointment at Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center today by calling (402) 493-4175. Our sleep dentist will provide you with a comprehensive evaluation and recommend the best sleep apnea treatment for your needs.