Most people are able to tolerate CPAP devices very well after the initial familiarization period.


PatientEd-CPAP200Positive airway pressure devices deliver a precise amount of air to prevent the collapse of the airway that is responsible for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.  A CPAP mask is fitted at our sleep center by a sleep technologist who changes the pressure levels while directly observing the effects on the patient’s sleep apnea and snoring.  This titration procedure is done over the course of a night and usually allows for exact control and elimination of the sleep problem.  Most people are able to tolerate CPAP devices very well after the initial familiarization period.  Different size and style masks and machines are available, including nasal and oral masks.

Although CPAP is the most commonly prescribed device, many people will prefer a BIPAP machine, which offers a two-stage process delivering patients a higher pressure when inhaling and lower pressure when exhaling.  Other machines with a C-FLEX feature are self adjusting, delivering only increased pressure when apnea occurs.

Nasal stuffiness and congestion may occur initially with CPAP/BIPAP therapy.  This is usually self limited and will resolve within a month.  Nasal saline and prescription nasal sprays may be helpful during this initial period.  Fortunately, most machines are trouble free, lightweight and portable with a battery power option for those who frequently travel, camp or have unreliable power sources.