“CPAP (or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a treatment that uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open,” says Dr. Bruce Fine, of Fine Dental Care in Wayne. “CPAP consists of an air pump and mask worn during sleep to treat a very serious condition known as OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea).” When someone suffers from OSA they stop breathing during their sleep, snore horribly, and often wake up tired. Further, OSA can result in a number of health problems including: high blood pressure, headaches, depression, irregular heartbeats, diabetes, stroke, heart failure, and heart attacks. It’s a very serious problem.
Problems with CPAP Compliance
The gold standard treatment for OSA is CPAP. However, many patients are not compliant and do not wear their CPAP. When it’s time to go to sleep, they skip wearing their mask for various reasons. Some of these reasons include: frustration with having to wear a mask every night, difficulty getting used to the air pressure, waking up with a dry, stuffy nose, and for some people, the sound of the machine is annoying. However, when patients suffering from OSA won’t wear the mask while sleeping, they’re not only being counterproductive health-wise, but in some cases they are actively putting themselves in danger by not wearing their mask.
More Comfortable OSA Treatment with Fine Dental Care
There are of course varying degrees and conditions related to OSA, and a number of modern dental devices that can prevent certain types of OSA and snoring. For example, a major contributing factor can be that during sleep the tongue relaxes. For sufferers of this type of OSA, the relaxed tongue closes off the throat, which accounts for the obstruction. However, “If you refuse to wear your CPAP, there is an inexpensive and comfortable device that can help people with this type of OSA,” says Dr. Fine. “It has a high compliance rate, meaning most people who get it, wear it.”
Call to Learn More
If you have any questions about snoring or OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), call Dr. Fine’s Wayne office, “Fine Dental Care” at (973) 587-8011. Or for more information visit www.finedentalcare.com.