CPAP Machine Therapy: Parts, Benefits, How It Works, and Side Effects – Have you ever heard of Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Maybe you never heard of it. Symptoms of the disease are snoring during sleep.
Some of you might as well snore a lot, right? If you have frequent snoring, you need to be careful, because you could have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea or commonly abbreviated as the OSA is a disease that can be said to be terrible, because the sufferer can suddenly stop breathing during sleep, leading to death. This disease can also trigger a variety of metabolic diseases, such as heart attack, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, to stroke.
What is CPAP therapy?
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a method of treatment for people with sleep disorders called sleep apnea. The disorder causes a person’s breathing to be temporarily stopped in several times while sleeping.
CPAP machines work by blowing light air pressure to keep the airways open, so that the airway remains open and sleep apnea patients’ breathing problems during sleep can also be resolved.
In addition to preventing breathing difficulties, CPAP can increase oxygen levels in the lungs and remove unwanted gas (carbon dioxide) from the lungs. CPAP is usually only needed at night or during sleep.
CPAP is the most effective non-surgical option for sleep apnea. Over time, most people undergoing CPAP therapy experience less daytime sleepiness, as well as a reduced risk of low blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and depression.
CPAP Machine Parts
A CPAP medical device has three main parts:
- A mask (or other device) that fits in the nose and/or mouth. As well as a strap that keeps the mask in place while you’re using it.
- A tube connects the mask to the motor engine.
- A motor that blows air into the tube.
CPAP Machine Benefits
Generally the benefits of CPAP are:
- Keep your airway open while you sleep
- Reduces even eliminates snoring
- Improve sleep quality
- Relieve symptoms of sleep apnea, such as excessive daytime sleepiness
- Reduce or prevent high blood pressure.
CPAP is also used to treat premature babies whose lungs have not fully developed. For this treatment, a soft fork is placed in the baby’s nostrils. The CPAP machine gently blows air into the baby’s nose, which helps make the lungs expand, thus improving survival.
How the CPAP machine works?
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy is performed using a special machine that serves to deliver oxygen through hoses and oxygen masks to the respiratory tract of sleep apnea sufferers while they sleep.
With CPAP therapy, sleep apnea sufferers can get enough oxygen intake, so the symptoms of stopping breathing can be reduced.
CPAP therapy for sleep apnea can be done in the hospital or independently at home after the patient is given instructions on how to use the machine by a doctor.
Before starting CPAP therapy for sleep apnea, the doctor will conduct a series of examinations consisting of physical examinations and supporting examinations, such as sleep studies, to assess how severe the condition of sleep apnea experienced by sufferers.
After that, if the patient does need to get CPAP therapy for sleep apnea, the doctor will regulate the amount of oxygen given through the CPAP machine and explain to the sufferer how to turn on, use, and store the device correctly.
CPAP Machine Side Effects
You don’t have to worry about the side effects of CPAP machines. The side effect of CPAP machines is relatively mild, namely the possibility of air leakage around the mask hose.
As a result, it can cause conjunctivitis, dry eyes, nasal irritation, and rashes on the skin. To reduce its side effects, you can use nasal drops with physiological NACl or the use of a humidifier in a CPAP machine.
In addition, CPAP machines are unlikely to exhale excessive or less pressure because they have the ability to adjust the pressure the body needs, which is the pressure used only to keep the airways open.
Then, you don’t have to worry about the pressure. In addition, there is also a type of CPAP Autoset that makes the patient feel comfortable because the pressure is done gradually.
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Last Updated on March 15, 2021 Reviewed by Market Health Beauty Team