What Is CPAP Mask?
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 either a full face device or an over the nose mask that keeps the patient’s airway open by using air pressure.
The positive airway pressure is connected to a small air compressor at the side of the patient’s bed that keeps continuous airway pressure, enabling unobstructed sleep.
CPAP vs. BIPAP
CPAP is a mask that has a continuous pressure to enable the airway to remain open. BIPAP has back pressure that does not allow the pressure to be continuous all the time and mimics the natural respiration cycle of inspiration and expiration by having lesser pressures at certain times in the breathing cycle.
Some patients prefer BIPAP and may choose this device if the CPAP is uncomfortable.
Types Of Masks
- CPAPS & BIPAPS use different face masks attached to the CPAP or BIPAP machine
- Full Face Masks
- Nasal Mask
- Nasal Pillows
- Masks + Chin straps
What Does A CPAP Treat?
A CPAP sleep apnea mask is used to treat the following conditions:
- Severe Snoring
- Sleep Apnea (Obstructive Moderate to Severe)
- Central Sleep Apnea (Incorrect Brain Signals for Breathing)
- Hypoxia – Low oxygen levels during sleep (as a result of the above conditions)
How Does A CPAP 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.
What Are The Benefits Of Using A CPAP?
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
- Corrects snoring
- 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 Los Angeles 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.