Why can’t you wear your CPAP?
Dryness of the mouth, nose or throat: This can be a troubling problem for many people that use the CPAP as it can cause inflammation, pain, runny nose, and nasal congestion. In fact, in some patients the CPAP causes nosebleeds. The high pressure fast-moving air irritates the inner tissues of the throat and nose.
Noise of the machine: CPAP machines have gotten much quieter over the years, some can still be quite noisy and keep sufferers up through the night. Some patients are more sensitive to sound disturbances while trying to fall asleep.
Discomfort and Annoyance: This can be due to a variety of reasons including the mask being too large, small, or tight. The mask can cause red marks on the face or induce feelings of claustrophobia. If a mask fitting problem is the issue, it may simply be a matter of finding the mask that is right for the patient. Red marks can be due to skin irritation or allergy to the rubber and plastics being used. There are many different masks to choose from. Furthermore, mask pads for the straps may be purchased to help cushion the face. Numerous patients just cannot get comfortable with the CPAP mask on their head. Plus, patients are restricted in their movements because of the hose that runs from the facemask to the CPAP machine.
Excess gas in the stomach (aerophagia): the trapping of air in the stomach causes Gas pains. Aerophagia occurs due to the constant flow of air by the CPAP where air is forced into the esophagus and into the stomach. In order to remedy this, use the CPAP chinstrap to keep from breathing through your mouth while in therapy. However, the forcing of the mouth closed can cause collapse of the airway and thus a high pressure of air is needed. The chinstrap is counteracts the benefits of an oral apnea appliance.
Ear pressure: It is called the continuous positive air “pressure” machine for a reason. The CPAP machine increases air pressure in the body. If a person experiences congestion from illnesses like cold or flu, sinuses or allergies, it will block the ear canals, causing an imbalance of pressure throughout the body and pressure of the head.
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Are you wondering WHY or HOW a Dentist can help with Sleep Apnea? We understand, Dr. Nugent is on the cutting age of treatment for Sleep Apnea. He works under the direction of a Board Certified Sleep Physician. A minuscule percentage of dentist are trained to work with medical doctors to help battle sleep apnea.
Dentist have a unique skill set, they are trained to look in the mouth and see various conditions.