Sleep apnea is a condition in which the individual stops breathing during sleep. With obstructive sleep apnea, this occurs because the airways collapse during sleep. CPAP is a common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. In order to treat sleep apnea and maintain an open airway during sleep, the CPAP machine provides a constant flow of pressurized air via a fitted mask. The CPAP machine takes in air from the room and generates air pressure; CPAP units are usually fairly small (smaller than a shoebox) and relatively quiet. The pressure level is determined by your doctor or sleep physician through a sleep study.
Most CPAP machines can have a humidifier added to prevent your nose, mouth, and throat from becoming too dry during sleep. The machine is connected to the facemask by a hose or tube, which is generally made of flexible plastic. There are a variety of CPAP mask styles available, allowing you to choose the one that is most comfortable and effective for your individual needs. To learn more about CPAP in Rockville, Maryland, and sleep apnea treatment, please contact Dr. Chetan Parikh today! Our dentist and team at Chetan Parikh, DMD, MDS, DABDSM are thrilled to serve you and to answer your questions!