Looking for CPAP Therapy or a CPAP Clinic? If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea you may be feeling upset or helpless. However, the good news is that knowledge is the first step toward healing. Sleep apnea is highly treatable thanks to cutting edge advancements in CPAP therapy. Summit OMS is a CPAP clinic with a team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons that specialize in this highly effective treatment. Here is our guide to everything you need to know about this form of sleep apnea therapy.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition in which patients stop breathing for several moments up to about a minute. There are three types of sleep apnea and these include obstructive, mixed and central.
Obstructive apnea occurs when your muscles relax into your airways thus obstructing you from proper breathing. Central apnea occurs when the breathing signal from your brain to your diaphragm gets interrupted. Mixed apnea is a combination of central and obstructive. Regardless of which type of apnea you have, it is important to get treatment as this condition can lead to low oxygen, high blood pressure, insomnia or in very rare cases, death.
Frustratingly, sleep apnea has many symptoms that are generally dismissed or confused with other conditions. If you have the following symptoms, we recommend visiting Summit OMS’ CPAP clinic for treatment:
- Dry mouth and throat
- Excessive fatigue
All About CPAP Therapy
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP therapy is form of sleep apnea treatment becoming increasingly more common and is one of the easiest methods to use. After strapping the mask component to your face, the CPAP machine continuously blows air down your throat. This continuous air pressure keeps your breathing pathways open and ensures that you breathe correctly as you sleep.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it’s important to visit a CPAP clinic and get a CPAP machine right away. The machine is attached to a mask via a tube. It is a cumbersome piece of equipment to sleep in, so it does take a bit of getting used to.
In order to improve your symptoms, you must use the CPAP machine every time you sleep whether you’re at home, traveling or napping. To ensure the best results, have your doctor help you find the right fit and the right device for your needs and lifestyle.
Many patients notice results soon after beginning their CPAP therapy. Better sleep quality, less daytime fatigue and less snoring are improvements you will notice. However, more importantly, the long-term improvements that you can’t see are equally meaningful. With continued use, your risk of heart problems, stroke and high blood pressure will go down. Not only will you finally experience better sleep, but you will also have better health outcomes.
The CPAP machine is not without its side effects. If you experience any of the following, talk to your doctor for help:
- Nose bleeds
- Dry mouth
Your doctor will be able to help you troubleshoot and ensure you have the best machine for your needs. Contact your doctor immediately for any stomach pain.
If your CPAP machine is not helping your symptoms, come into our clinic for further evaluation. In extreme cases, it can be advisable to undergo oral surgery to re-position the bones in your jaw to increase the size of your airway and thus improve your breathing. However, CPAP is the safest, easiest and most convenient option and works for the majority of users.
Schedule an Appointment
The doctors and surgeons at our CPAP clinic are specially trained in the treatment of sleep apnea related disorders. Our doctors will assist you with CPAP therapy by recommending machines and teaching you how to use, care for and keep to a CPAP regimen. Contact us today at one of our offices in Rochester Hills, Warren, Grosse Pointe, Clinton Township or Romeo / Washington, Michigan to learn more about CPAP therapy and get your sleep apnea under control.