HOW TO STOP SNORING WITH THE USE OF CPAP MASKS
CPAP Masks come in different sizes and need to be fitted to each patient. It is best to request the doctor reading the sleep study to have the respiratory therapist setting up the equipment to fit you with the CPAP mask.
Again a sleep study is done first to determine if you have sleep disorders and your need for CPAP.
The CPAP masks used need to be the best fit for you with a good seal to be sure your CPAP or BIPAP therapy is effective. CPAP helps patients keep their airways open by providing a continuous flow of air delivered through a full face mask. The pressure is prescribed by the doctor at a single-level and is constant. Whereas, with BIPAP = Bi level positive airway pressure which provides higher pressure when breathing in and a lower on when breathing out. BIPAP is usually preferred by COPD patients since they have difficulty breathing out.
CPAP vs. APAP: CPAP provides a continuous pressure where APAP is sensitive and can be adjusted. APAP is more expensive and there is debate as to whether it is more effective. You need CPAP masks to use either APAP or CPAP.
While the Respiratory Therapist is there be sure the CPAP mask has a good fit and is right for you and learn to adjust the CPAP MASK. It is best to have more than one mask so one can be cleaned and ready for use.
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Discuss the possible causes listed below with your physician.
1. If your snoring is the result of obstructed breathing while sleeping the vibration of the palate helps to produce the sound. It may be a sign of (OSA) Obstructive Sleep Apnea. If you are overweight losing weight can sometimes help.
2. Snoring can be linked to other things such as alcohol, cold medicines and sleep aids due to their relaxing the throat muscles; and you get the snoring sound.
3. Cigarette smoke including secondhand cigarette smoke also relaxes the throat and causes increase the breathing sound.
4. Snoring can also be due to congestion and asthma, allergies, colds, sinus infections.
5. If your snoring is chronic where a part of your anatomy is constricting your airway a doctor can diagnose these conditions. If your snoring is chronic it will likely get worse over time and your snoring will get louder.
The answer to how to stop snoring is to first determine what is causing the snoring in your situation. First find out with your physician’s help whether the cause of snoring is chronic or something temporary. It is estimated that 90 million people in the United States snore. This prevents lot of people from getting a good night’s sleep.
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