CPAP for Sleep Apnea in Saint Michaels, MD
CPAP is an abbreviation for a medical device that delivers Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP device forces air through a mask worn over your mouth and nose to hold open the airway — the tube that carries air from the nose to the lungs. CPAPs are good for men and women who have conditions like obstructive sleep apnea or in newborns with breathing difficulties.
Request information about CPAP devices now: Call (410) 266-3613 or contact Dr. Alan Stuart Weiss online.
What is a CPAP Machine?
The most common reason adults need a CPAP device is to treat sleep apnea. You may not know if you have sleep apnea, but its most common symptoms include:
- Waking frequently at night
- Waking up tired
- Waking up coughing
- Extreme fatigue
Your partner or spouse may notice if you do these things. Living with untreated sleep apnea can raise your risk for serious health problems including heart attacks and death.
To diagnose sleep apnea, you will need to take part in a sleep study. A sleep study is used to diagnose sleep disorders by observing a given patient over one or several nights.
Once sleep apnea is diagnosed, you will be fitted with a CPAP mask that covers either your nose and mouth or just your nose. The mask has a tube that connects to a small electric machine. The machine will blow air out through the tube and into the mask to keep your airway open.
Many patients who have a CPAP say they never realized how badly they slept until they began treatment and started to feel better.
How to Get a CPAP Machine
Purchasing a CPAP machine requires a doctor's prescription. CPAPs are typically purchased from a medical supply store or durable medical equipment supplier. A professional will likely show you how to set up your machine and you will need to follow your provider's orders for the amount of pressure your machine produces. They will have calculated exactly how much air pressure you need to keep your airway open.
Remember that sometimes it can take a little adjusting to get your CPAP just right. There are a variety of CPAP masks available, so your options are open. CPAP machines vary in size, noise level and many other factors. Find out more about how a CPAP can help you: call (410) 266-3613 or contact Dr. Alan Stuart Weiss online.
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