CPAP, short for continuous positive airway pressure, is a treatment option for patients who suffer from breathing problems during sleep, commonly prescribed for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. The CPAP mask, also known as a sleep apnea mask or snoring mask, is a full face device that opens the patient’s airway. Connected to the mask, a CPAP machine supplies oxygen through a small tube. The positive airway pressure system ensures that the patient’s airway remains open during sleep, and breathing is unobstructed throughout the night.
What does a CPAP mask treat?
A CPAP sleep apnea mask is used to treat the following conditions:
Low oxygen levels during sleep (as a result of the above conditions)
How does a CPAP mask work?
The CPAP snoring mask works by increasing air pressure in the throat during sleep, which prevents the airway from collapsing and allows snorers to breathe easily and consistently. The device consists of a small air pressure generator connected by tubing to a snug-fitting nasal mask or full-face mask that is worn while sleeping.
The CPAP device is made up of three parts:
The CPAP machine has a large motor that pumps fresh oxygen into the connecting tube
A small tube runs from the mask to the machine, transferring the oxygen from the machine to the CPAP mask
The CPAP mask fits over the patient’s mouth and nose, releasing the oxygen into the airway
What are the benefits of using a CPAP mask?
CPAP treatment can provide the following benefits when used routinely:
Maintains open airway during sleep
Increases oxygen levels during sleep
Decreases high blood pressure
Relieves daytime fatigue, a symptom of sleep apnea
Improves sleep quality
Improves daytime alertness
Decreases daytime sleepiness
If you are suffering from sleep apnea and believe you may benefit from CPAP treatment, the first step is to consult with a sleep specialist. Ear, nose, and throat experts at Sinus Center LA are trained and practiced in treating sleep apnea with CPAP. Fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or to learn more about Sinus Center LA’s treatment options.