Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is an effective, non-surgical treatment for sleep apnea. Because of its effectiveness, it is usually the first choice for treating sleep apnea, especially when severe. CPAP therapy is highly effective eliminating almost all sleep apnea and snoring. CPAP therapy uses a machine to provide enough air pressure to prevent your airway from closing when you inhale during sleep. A hose from the machine is connected to a mask or nose piece that you wear every night while you sleep.
Even though CPAP therapy is commonly used because of its reliability, patients sometimes have difficulty using it. It is important to contact Dr. Nassar if you have problems with the machine. CPAP can be uncomfortable until the correct settings are reached and adjustments are made to ensure a proper and comfortable fit of the mask or nose piece. Until then, do not stop using your CPAP machine. More than one attempt at making adjustments might be needed in order to achieve the level of comfort that works for you.
The sleep team at Jacksonville Sleep Center will help you get to know your CPAP machine and its accessories. They will advise you about the care and maintenance required to achieve the best results from your CPAP therapy. In addition, while you are using CPAP therapy under Dr. Nassar’s care, it is important to see him regularly to ensure that the treatment is continuing to work with minimal-to-no side effects.