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What are the pros and cons of using a CPAP machine?

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The detrimental side effects of sleep apnea drive people and their spouses to search for ways to get a good night’s sleep. But what if it comes down to wearing a CPAP machine?

Though CPAP machines help prevent the brief breathing interruptions that are the hallmark of sleep apnea, some people find the discomfort and difficulty of falling asleep while wearing a mask too much to bear. In fact, some patients stop using their CPAP machines altogether due to the side effects.

The Pros of Using a CPAP Machine

• Improves your ability to sleep without waking up
• Lowers your risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular events
• Helps lower your blood pressure
• Reduces daytime sleepiness
• May reduce blood glucose and cholesterol levels

But what about those side effects? Not to mention without insurance coverage, breathing machines can cost between $500 and $3,000, depending on whether you’re purchasing a CPAP, APAP, or BiPAP device. Here are some of the reasons CPAP machines won’t work for some patients:

Cons of Using a CPAP Machine

• Discomfort and difficulty falling asleep, especially in the beginning
• A feeling of claustrophobia or anxiety
• Nasal congestion
• Dry mouth
• Nosebleeds
• Skin irritation or sores where the mask touches the face
• A feeling of being bloated with air

Other Options For Sleep Apnea Treatment

Physiologically, sleep apnea is caused by your tongue blocking your airway as it relaxes. The latest and most tested treatment to improve airflow for sleep apnea is an orthodontic one.

Rapid Maxillary Expansion uses orthodontic appliances to widen and increase the size of the arch in your mouth so your tongue will have a space to rest naturally and comfortably. It not only treats sleep apnea, but also improves the aesthetics of your face and smile.

To learn more, visit airwayandsleepgroup.com or call 703-646-9950 to schedule a consultation. A good night’s sleep is only a phone call away.

Resources: https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-a-cpap-machine#bottom-line

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