At Tieken Smiles, we treat sleep apnea for patients suffering from lack of rest and the long list of dangerous effects tied to this disorder.
With a proper diagnosis, we’ll help you find the right form of treatment so you can live a healthier, more energetic life. One option is a CPAP machine.
A CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, machine is one of the most widely-used methods for treating sleep apnea. That’s because it works!
It helps you get the sleep you need by maintaining a constant stream of air through a hose connected to a mask you wear over your mouth and nose.
But it’s not without some surprising potential problems that turn some patients toward alternative solutions for sleep apnea.
Here are a few:
*Trading Some Physical Symptoms For New Ones*
Yes, a CPAP machine will help you get a good night’s sleep. Because of that, you’ll be able to alleviate the disruptive symptoms like daily fatigue, sore throats from snoring, and irritability, to name a few.
But there’s also the chance that because of the machine itself, you could be trading in some symptoms for all new ones.
You might experience some of the common nasal issues that come with too much dry air like congestion, runny nose, or even sinusitis and other infections caused from bacteria.
Another symptom patients have reported is nausea caused by bloating from the excess air being blown into the airways down to the stomach.
*The Potential For Germs*
If you happen to use a CPAP machine that blows moist air thanks to a humidifying feature, you could be facing the potential risk for germs.
This can be avoided so long as you keep the attachments thoroughly and properly cleaned. But it is something to consider if you’re not sure you’ll have the time or energy to keep up with that everyday.
*Problems With The Mask*
CPAP machines rely on use of a mask that fits over your nose and mouth while you sleep, and some people simply find this uncomfortable. Even if you don’t mind the mask, you may notice some slight skin irritation from wearing it for several hours, so it’s something to consider.
*Oral Health Threats*
Because a CPAP blows air into your mouth constantly while you sleep, it makes waking up in the morning with a dry mouth a rather common outcome.
The stickiness and discomfort goes away quickly, however, once you’ve had something to drink or have brushed your teeth. However, the oral health threats of dry mouth aren’t unheard of. Saliva coats your teeth and gums to help you fight bad bacteria and acid erosion, so dry mouth can pose a problem.
*More Sleep Problems?!*
Oh, the irony!
Actually, to be fair, a CPAP machine will do its job, which is to allow air to flow freely into your mouth and lungs for a restful night’s sleep.
The problems seem to be with falling asleep when using a CPAP. That is usually due to the noise it creates or the mask being too uncomfortable for some patients’ liking.
Avoid These Issues With A Custom Night Guard!
All this said, we don’t want to scare anyone away from trying a CPAP machine. You won’t know if it works for you unless you try it, and these are simply potential issues that are possible but not guaranteed. In fact, we still use CPAP machines and find them to be quite effective for sleep apnea patients.
However, some patients do just as well with a custom-made night guard to get the rest they need. It’s like a mouthguard that’s especially made to fit over your teeth and keep your upper and lower jaw in the best position for easy breathing all night long.
Make An Appointment
Find the most comfortable sleep apnea solution for you with help from Dr. Tieken in League City, TX. We’ll make sure your nights are quieter and more restful with our customized sleep apnea treatment options!