Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a treatment for people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP machines send pressurized air into your airway through a face mask, keeping the airway open while you sleep.
Although CPAP machines are a gold-standard approach for the treatment of sleep apnea, only 20% to 40% patients remain compliant after one year. Dr. Wilcox understands the concerns of his Phoenix sleep apnea patients and offers a variety of effective alternative treatment methods.
The first week of CPAP therapy tends to set the pattern of use for the future, so establish a strict pattern of compliance early on. If you think CPAP treatment is right for you, here are some tips to help you adjust:
- Speak openly with your doctor – Take time to find the right mask for you by speaking openly with your doctor about your comfort preferences and disclosing any underlying health concerns that might affect your CPAP use
- Monitor equipment regularly – Monitoring the efficiency of your CPAP machine will ensure successful treatment results that will encourage continued compliance.
- Plan ahead – Troubleshoot potential problems early on so you will be readily prepared for possible issues that may arise in the future, such as traveling with your CPAP or dealing with allergies or sinus colds that might affect your CPAP use
- Share concerns with your doctor – Be open about your CPAP experience by sharing your thoughts and concerns with your sleep partner and your doctor. CPAP support groups can also help to encourage compliance through tip-sharing, anecdotal discussions and educational reinforcement.
If you are a resident of Scottsdale, Peoria, Glendale or Phoenix and you would like to find out more about sleep apnea treatment options including CPAP, contact Desert Smiles Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry at 602-978-1790.