CPAP Tips

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CPAP is the most frequently prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. The Sioux Falls Sleep Center offers unmeasured services that can assist you with finding the right fit for you, troubleshoot any difficulties you may have with CPAP, and assist you if you are unable to tolerate the device.

Common Causes of Intolerance the CPAP 
1. Nasal congestion and allergies
2. Deviated nasal septum
3. Claustrophobia
4. Poorly fitted mask
5. Malfunction of CPAP humidification features
6. Associated sleep disorder, most commonly insomnia
7. Inadequate patient education about CPAP

The Sioux Falls Sleep Center offers specific tools to help you tolerate your CPAP and improve compliance. We also offer a Claustrophobia Clinic, the clinic offers specific support with the help of a behavioral specialist. Also, the Sioux Falls Sleep Center offers a host of the most current gear and devices to make your CPAP more comfortable.  If you do not tolerate CPAP, we will offer you a variety of alternative treatments for CPAP including oral appliances and surgery of non-invasive treatments for sleep apnea.

Tips to Get the Most Benefit Out of CPAP

    • Because CPAP does not cure the underlying conditions that cause snoring and sleep apnea, it should be used all night, every night.
    • Many different styles of CPAP masks are available. If your mask is uncomfortable, talk to your doctor about adjusting it or trying a different one. Custom-made masks are also available.
    • Most positive air pressure machines are equipped with a built-in heated humidifier; however, a separate vaporizer or humidifier may also help to combat nasal dryness that occasionally results from CPAP treatment. Saline nasal spray (available in drugstores) may also help.
  • CPAP works best if your nose is clear. If you have allergies or other problems that block your nose, consult your physician.