CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure and is a treatment device that is used for patients with moderate to severe sleep apnea.  The device is a mask-type machine that fills the air passages with a continuous air stream that works to keep air passages open and clear while sleeping. Individuals who go untreated open the door to other problems besides the symptoms associated with sleep apnea.  Untreated sleep apnea may result in heart attacks, strokes, depression or high blood pressure, among other diseases and conditions.
Dry airways, particularly the nasal passages may occur from long-term use of the CPAP machine or during the first few days of starting treatment on a CPAP device.  The common cause of dry nasal passages is due to lack of humidity. To eliminate dry nasal airways that may crack or bleed, a warm humidifier is recommended.  The humidifier adds moisture to the air and reduces irritation and dryness caused by the CPAP machine. A dry mouth in the morning after using a CPAP machine may be the result of opening your mouth while sleeping.  Chinstraps are available for mouth breathers and prevent the mouth from opening at night to allow for the full benefit of CPAP therapy.

Arrowhead Sleep Center is the Valley’s premier Glendale and Phoenix sleep lab offering comprehensive sleep disorder diagnostic and treatment services. Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America performs a highly advanced, minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedure for treating and ideally curing Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in 2013.
The CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure treatment, offers an alternative to the Radiofrequency Ablation treatment of sleep apnea but can also be used in conjunction with the RFA treatment to obtain optimal results. Contact Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America to learn more about Sleep Apnea and the treatment options available to you! If the device could blow the right amount of air at the right pressure, it could revolutionize the treatment of sleep apnea.

The treatment option that is right for you is directly contingent upon the severity of your Sleep Apnea. The primary function of the CPAP device is to prevent the airway restriction that can prompt episodes of sleep apnea.
Adjustments can be made to ensure that your CPAP mask fits comfortably and that air pressure is delivered evenly.

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