What are the Advantages of CPAP?
Sleep apnea can have a negative effect on many aspects of your well-being, but fortunately, there are several ways to treat it. The most common, and often very effective, type of treatment is a CPAP machine.
In this blog, sleep specialist Dr. Samit Malhotra of Sleep & Neuroscience Associates explains the advantages of using a CPAP machine.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common disorder characterized by pauses in breathing as you sleep. These pauses can occur hundreds of times a night, moving you from a deep, restorative sleep into lighter, less restful phases. Since you’re asleep when this happens, you may not realize that you have sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type, and it occurs when your airway becomes blocked when your throat muscles relax.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can cause a variety of symptoms as well as have a negative effect on your long-term well-being. It puts you at greater risk of developing several chronic diseases.
Common symptoms include the following:
- Chronic loud snoring
- Excessive daytime sleepiness, despite spending enough time in bed
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Gasping, choking, or snorting sounds as you start to wake up
- Pauses in breathing witnessed by someone else
- Waking up with a dry mouth or a sore throat
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty concentrating, paying attention, and remembering
In addition, having sleep apnea can increase your risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes. You may also be at greater risk of falling asleep behind the wheel or having a workplace injury.
What is a CPAP machine used for?
CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, is a treatment that uses a light, steady flow of air pressure to help keep your airway open.
The device consists of a machine and a tube connected to a mask. You’ll wear the mask over your nose or nose and mouth every time you sleep.
Many people have excellent results from using CPAP, although it can take some getting used to.
What are the advantages of CPAP?
The following are some of the advantages provided by CPAP:
- Non-invasive – requires no surgery
- Effective at treating sleep apnea
- Helps you get the restorative sleep you need
- Relieves symptoms related to sleep apnea, such as snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness
- Reduces your risk of chronic health issues, such as heart disease, that are associated with sleep apnea
Where can you find CPAP?
Sleep & Neuroscience Associates is the leading sleep center in Greenwich, CT and is dedicated to finding the best treatment for your sleep apnea. If Dr. Malhotra determines that a CPAP machine will help relieve your sleep apnea, he’ll make sure that it fits well and that you fully understand how to use it.
Why Dr. Malhotra?
Dr. Malhotra is board-certified in sleep medicine as well as neurology and is fellowship trained in sleep medicine from Stanford University’s prestigious program. He was over 16 years of experience and specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
His practice is patient-centered, and he’s dedicated to delivering quality, compassionate care. He’ll help you understand your condition as well as your treatment options so you can be educated about and comfortable with your treatment.
If you snore or have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, make an appointment today Sleep & Neuroscience Associates. Dr. Malhotra will help you get the good, restorative sleep you need to live a healthy, productive life.