If you’re one of the 22 million Americans who have sleep apnea, you might benefit from a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The board-certified neurologists at Integrated Neurology Services can help you use your CPAP comfortably and effectively at their four Northern Virginia locations in Alexandria, Falls Church, Lorton, and Reston. Call Integrated Neurology Services or schedule a consultation online today for expert CPAP support.
What is CPAP?
CPAP is the gold-standard treatment for sleep apnea, a condition that temporarily stops your breathing while you sleep and wakes you briefly. CPAP sends a continuous stream of air into your airways that helps them stay open while you sleep. The strength of the airflow is adjustable so your doctor can tailor your treatment to your individual needs.
Advances in technology have made CPAP machines smaller, quieter, and more comfortable than ever. The team at Integrated Neurology Services offers CPAP management services as part of their sleep apnea treatment plans. They help you use your machine correctly, so you get a good night’s sleep every night.
What are the signs of sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues at the back of your mouth and throat relax and descend to block your airways when you sleep. Central sleep apnea is a neurological condition that interferes with the signals between your brain and lungs that regulate respiration.
One of the most common signs of the condition is snoring, although not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Other common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Waking up tired
- Morning headaches
- Irritability and mood changes
- Reduced concentration
- Morning dry mouth and bad breath
You might also wake up gasping for breath, or your partner might mention that you stop breathing while you sleep.
When left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
What should I expect while using a CPAP?
The team at Integrated Neurology Services provides customized treatments for sleep apnea, including CPAP support. They teach you how to position your mask and take care of your equipment.
Your doctor might also combine CPAP with other treatments, including lifestyle modifications. Many patients find that losing weight, getting regular exercise, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol reduce their sleep apnea.
If you find your CPAP uncomfortable, don’t give up. Talk to your doctor at Integrated Neurology Services. They can help you adjust the equipment, change your mask, or make other changes, so your treatment is more comfortable.
Call Integrated Neurology Services or make an appointment online today if you’re concerned about sleep apnea and want to find out how a CPAP machine can help.